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Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960

Frederick Cooper


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. This book 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. This book explains how African po ... More

Keywords: French colonies, colonialism, state, citizenship, sovereignty, nation, empire, French citizens, Franco-African, federalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161310
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick Cooper, author
New York University