Citizenship between Empire and Nation. Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960 by Frederick Cooper (Princeton University Press, 2014)
As the French public debates its present diversity and its colonial past, few remember that between 1946 and 1960 the inhabitants of French colonies possessed the rights of French citizens. Moreover, they did not have to conform to the French civil code that regulated marriage and inheritance. One could, in principle, be a citizen and different too. Citizenship between Empire and Nation examines momentous changes in notions of citizenship, sovereignty, nation, state, and empire in a time of acute uncertainty about the future of a world that had earlier been divided into colonial empires. More at the Princeton University Press website.
With Frederick Cooper (History, NYU). Frederick Cooper is professor of history at New York University. His many books include Colonialism in Question and Empires in World History.
Herrick Chapman (History and French Studies, NYU) writes on the relationship between economic change and the transformation of political culture in the context of the two world wars and the struggle over decolonization in the twentieth century.
Michelle Pinto is Teaching Fellow in the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program and Visiting Scholar in the History Department, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in History and French Studies at NYU (2013). She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled France and the Construction of the African Nation-State: Africanization in Postwar French Africa, 1946-1966.
Emmanuelle Saada (French and History, Columbia University) writes about the history of the French empire in the 19th and 20th century, with a specific interest in law. She is the author of Empire’s Children: Race, Filiation and Citizenship in the French Colonies.
Institute of French Studies Event