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Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa 1895-1960

Owen White


This book recreates the lives of the children born of relationships between French men and African women from the time France colonized much of West Africa towards the end of the 19th century, until independence in 1960. Set within the context of the history of miscegenation in colonial French West Africa, the study focuses upon the lives and identities of the resulting mixed-race or mÉtis population, and their struggle to overcome the handicaps they faced in a racially divided society. This author has drawn an evaluation of the impact and importance of French racial theories, and offers a cri ... More

Keywords: French Empire, French West Africa, miscegenation, mixed race, mÉtis, racial theory, citizenship, education, colonial policy, colonial society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208198
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Owen White, author
University College, Oxford