The end of empire in french west africa sheds light on a corner of the world and a corner of history which is not well known to the english speaking world this book explores the different independence movements the domestic politics of france and the interplay between colonial and metropolitan elites. In an effort to restore its world power status after the humiliation of defeat and occupation france was eager to maintain its overseas empire at the end of the second world war yet just fifteen years later france had decolonized and by 1960 only a few small island territories remained under french controlthe process of decolonization in indochina and algeria has been widely studied but . Chafers aim in the end of empire is to debunk some unquestioned myths in france and africa concerning frances decolonization in africa this process was not as many have presumed a smooth one that integrated an independent french west africa politically and economically and created qualified personnel who could assume leadership. Reviews in the first place it is by far the fullest and most discriminating account in english of the decolonization of frances west african empire that is to say of the process by which the attempts of the fourth republic to create a strong but radically reconstructed french union ended with the recognition of nine independent states. Get this from a library the end of empire in french west africa frances successful decolonization tony chafer in an effort to restore its world power status after the humiliation of defeat and occupation france was eager to maintain its overseas empire at the end of the second world war yet just fifteen
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