Spring 2011

The French Empire (1830-1962)

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-23  |  History, as HIST-23


Kathryn Edwards (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 23 [EU] and EUST 23.)  The conquest of new territories beginning in the early 19th century led to the creation of a new French empire, one which incorporated culturally, linguistically and politically diverse regions in Southeast Asia, North and West Africa. This course will study empire from both chronological and thematic perspectives, in order to provide insight into the imperial relationships typical of the French empire. We will discuss both conquest of empire and its maintenance, through analysis of such topics as colonial authority, the structure of colonial society, and the role of colonies in European conflicts. Thematic analysis will focus on the culture of empire, concepts of racial difference and métissage, colonial medicine, and urban planning. Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Edwards.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011