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Citizenship between Empire and NationRemaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960$
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Frederick Cooper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161310

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161310.001.0001

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Claiming Citizenship

Claiming Citizenship

French West Africa, 1946–1956

(p.165) Chapter 4 Claiming Citizenship
Citizenship between Empire and Nation

Frederick Cooper

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores different instances of African claim making. It first looks at the effort of the Rassemblement Démocratique Africain (RDA) in the Sudan and especially the Côte d'Ivoire to build up its political apparatus across the territory and the efforts of the government to combat what it saw as a countergovernment. The chapter then turns to ways in which African political leaders sought to change the very terms in which future politics was discussed—to rethink the meaning of nation and sovereignty. They were thinking about different levels of political belonging and political action. And as France entered into discussion of creating a European community, they were thinking of expanding the idea of a “Franco-African” political ensemble into something even wider, into “Eurafrica.”

Keywords:   African claim making, Rassemblement Démocratique Africain, Sudan, Côte d'Ivoire, African political leaders, nation, sovereignty, Franco-African, Eurafrica, European community

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