The French Encounter with Africans

The French Encounter with Africans : White Response to Blacks, 1530-1880. Foreword by James D. Le Sueur

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"As French and American historians of France are revisiting the history of French racism today, William B. Cohen's book is more important than ever. It has become a classic." -Nancy L. GreenIn this pioneering work, William B. Cohen traces the ways in which negative attitudes toward blacks became deeply embedded in French culture. Examining the forces that shaped these views, Cohen reveals the persistent inequality of French interactions with blacks in Africa, in the slave colonies of the West Indies, and in France itself. Now a classic, The French Encounter with Africans is essential reading for anyone engaged in current discussions of European relations with non-Europeans and with issues of racism, ethnicity, identity, colonialism, and empire.show more

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  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 10 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253216508
  • 9780253216502
  • 1,173,531

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"As French and American historians of France are revisiting the history of French racism today, William B. Cohen's book is more important than ever. It has become a classic." Nancy L. Greenshow more

About William B. Cohen

William B. Cohen (1941-2002) was Professor and former Chair of the Department of History at Indiana University.His books include Rulers of Empire: The French Colonial Service in Africa.James D. Le Sueur is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Lincoln.show more

Table of contents

Table of Contents: Foreword James D. LeSueurPrefaceIntroduction1. The Impulse ot Inequality2. The Establishment of Slave Societies3. The Philosophes and Africa4. Three Patterns of Interaction: West Indies, France, and Senegal5. The Issue of Slavery6. The Rise of Imperialism7. The Nineteenth Century Confronts Slavery8. Scientific Racism9. The Lure of EmpireAfterwordNotes Indexshow more

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