By Tony Chafer
That allows you to repair its world-power prestige after the humiliation of defeat and career, France was once desirous to hold its in another country empire on the finish of the second one international struggle. but simply fifteen years later France had decolonized, and by way of 1960 just a couple of small island territories remained below French control.The means of decolonization in Indochina and Algeria has been broadly studied, yet less has been written approximately decolonization in France's greatest colony, French West Africa. right here, the French technique was once considered as exemplary -- that's, a gentle transition effectively controlled by means of good intentioned French politicians and enlightened African leaders. Overturning this acquired knowledge, Chafer argues that the speedy unfurling of occasions after the second one international battle used to be a fancy , piecemeal and unpredictable approach, leading to a 'successful decolonization' that used to be accomplished principally unintentionally. At independence, the winners assumed the reins of political energy, whereas the losers have been usually repressed, imprisoned or silenced.This vital ebook demanding situations the normal dichotomy among 'imperial' and 'colonial' historical past and may be of curiosity to scholars of imperial and French heritage, politics and diplomacy, improvement and post-colonial experiences.
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