Colonialism and human rights, a contradiction in terms? The case of France and West Africa, 1895

Conklin, Alice L.
April 1998
American Historical Review;Apr98, Vol. 103 Issue 2, p419
Academic Journal
Examines France during the Third Republic (1870-1914), to determine its rationalization of imperialism, at the height of late nineteenth-century liberalism, in an attempt to understand Western belief in the moral legitimacy of overseas expansion. How Republican ideas of civilization influenced French policy making in West Africa during 1895 to 1914; Contradiction seen in the acquisition of overseas colonies by the more advanced democracies.


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