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 the gap between intellectual history/biography and military/colonial history, Barnett Singer and John Langdon provide a revisionist and very readable interpretation of Western and French imperialism and its leading figures from its beginnings in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through the Fifth Republic. They ask us to rethink and reevaluate modern imperialism, pulling away from the current politically-correct condemnation of it. Instead they argue that imperialism came in many forms and figures and that it was not always necessarily a bad thing or the same thing. In a series of biographical case studies they show that imperialism was not monolithic. They offer what they hope is a more balanced portrait of imperialism and imperialists - demonstrating that it had a paradoxical mix of positive and negative outcomes. The book mixes military and cultural history with a strong bibliography, attractive photos, and an interesting biographical focus.

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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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