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HIST 4261 French Visions of Empire (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines plans and practices of French overseas expansion from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. From the Atlantic world to Africa and the Far East, it explores evolving forms of French colonialism including mercantile settlements, slave plantations, religious missions, scientific expeditions, settler and penal colonies. The course aims to historicize these in relation to questions of political economy, race, war, utopianism, and the contradictory impulses of Republican liberalism, ultimately attempting to view Haiti, Egypt, Algeria, Indochina, or Guiana as integral, if displaced, parts of metropolitan France. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. No knowledge of French required.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Dodman

Prerequisites: History Core

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Last Updated: 22-Feb-14