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Published: 21 March 2013

244 Pages | 3 black and white maps


ISBN: 9780199579167

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Assimilation and Empire

Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954

Saliha Belmessous

  • An original, engaging, and innovative contribution to a fast growing area of scholarship
  • Provides the first examination of a major imperial and post-imperial ideology: the resilience of assimilative ideology across centuries, continents, and empires
  • Challenges the conventional understanding of empire, based since Edward Said's 'Orientalism' on the invention of difference
  • Demonstrates the failure of assimilation pursued through empire, for both colonised and coloniser, and reveals the futility of the historical pursuit of perfection
  • Reveals the complex inter-relationship between policies of assimilation and the greatest challenge to those policies: discourses of race
  • Covers a vast section of the world (two European Empires and three continents) and four centuries

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