Cultured Force: Makers and Defenders of the French Colonial Empire

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2004 - History - 483 pages
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Bridging gaps between intellectual history, biography, and military/colonial history, Barnett Singer and John Langdon provide a challenging, readable interpretation of French imperialism and some of its leading figures from the early modern era through the Fifth Republic.  They ask us to rethink and reevaluate, pulling away from the usual shoal of simplistic condemnation.  In a series of finely-etched biographical studies, and with much detail on both imperial culture and wars (including World War I and II), they offer a balanced, deep, strong portrait of key makers and defenders of the French Empire, one that will surely stimulate much historical work in the field.
  

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Contents

Gains and Losses
24
Bugeaud and the Conquest of Algeria
47
Faidherbe of Senegal and West Africa
91
Colonials Tragically Intertwined
117
Prince of Proconsuls
181
Heirs to Lyautey
218
The Twilight of French Colonialism
246
Last of the Line in Vietnam and Algeria
267
A Remnant Shall Remain
346
Bibliography
443
Index
467
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About the author (2004)

Barnett Singer is assistant professor of history at Brock University, Ontario, and his books include Modern France: Mind, Politics, Society and Village Notables in Nineteenth-Century France. John Langdon is professor of history at Le Moyne College and author of July 1914 and coauthor with Edward H. Judge of A Hard and Bitter Peace and The Cold War: A History Through Documents.

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