Perspectives on French Colonial Madagascar

  • Eric T. Jennings

Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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    Pages 1-9
  3. Health, Power and Vulnerability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-14
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      Pages 15-56
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      Pages 57-87
  4. The Great Island in Global Conflict, 1914–1945

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      Pages 89-93
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      Pages 95-130
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      Pages 131-159
  5. The Mystery of Malagasy Origins

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-258

About this book


This book is a vivid history of Madagascar from the pre-colonial era to decolonization, examining a set of French colonial projects and perceptions that revolve around issues of power, vulnerability, health, conflict, control and identity. It focuses on three lines of inquiry: the relationship between domination and health fears, the island’s role during the two world wars, and the mystery of Malagasy origins. The Madagascar that emerges is plural and fractured. It is the site of colonial dystopias, grand schemes gone awry, and diverse indigenous reactions. Bringing together deep archival research and recent scholarship, Jennings sheds light on the colonial project in Madagascar, and more broadly, on the ideas which underpin colonialism.


Malagasy people Madagascar people Madagascar history French conquest of Madagascar history of rabies in Africa Colonial Madagascar History of French colonialism in Africa History of tropical medicine colonial war memorials history of colonial medicine Pasteur Institute history history of colonial Madagascar

Authors and affiliations

  • Eric T. Jennings
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59690-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55967-8
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