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Vestiges of the Colonial Empire in France

Monuments, Museums and Colonial Memories


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 1-20
  3. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 21-75
  4. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 76-104
  5. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 105-156
  6. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 157-195
  7. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 196-244
  8. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 291-327
  9. Robert Aldrich
    Pages 328-334
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 335-383

About this book


This book offers the first comprehensive study of 'sites of memory' in France connected to the history of French imperialism and colonialism, and the ways that the French have remembered or forgotten their colonial past. Through a study of monuments, memorials, museum collections and other 'sites of memory' in France connected with France's overseas empire this book analyzes the way in which French authorities marked the Paris and provincial landscapes with these reminders of France's colonial 'mission' during the period of imperial expansion, and the fate of these sites in the post-colonial period and what that evolution reveals about French memory and amnesia of the colonial epoch.


colonialism empire Expansion France history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

About the authors

ROBERT ALDRICH is Lecturer in Modern French History and Colonial History at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of The French in the South Pacific, 1840-1940, France and the South Pacific since 1940, Greater France: A History of French Overseas Expansion and Colonialism and Homosexuality.

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