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Imagining the trans-Mediterranean Republic: Algeria, republicanism and the ideological origins of the French Imperial Nation-State, 1848-1870

Murray-Miller, Gavin 2014. Imagining the trans-Mediterranean Republic: Algeria, republicanism and the ideological origins of the French Imperial Nation-State, 1848-1870. French Historical Studies 37 (2) , pp. 303-330. 10.1215/00161071-2401620

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Abstract

This article looks at the dialogue between metropolitan political elites and Algerian activists that grew up during the Second Empire, revisiting an important moment in the making of France’s “modern” republican democracy. Through an examination of Algerian newspapers and publications, it assesses the role that colonial public opinion played in the “republican renaissance” of the 1860s, detailing how colon polemicists consciously tailored an ideology of moderate republicanism to fit colonial society and elaborate a brand of republican colonialism that would, in time, provide the ideological basis for the colonial republic. In placing nineteenth-century French political history in a trans-Mediterranean framework, this article challenges the customary history of hexagonal France, indicating the vital role colonial activists played in the making of republican colonialism, influencing considerations of the French nation and citizenship that would, in time, encourage the conception of a French imperial nation-state supported under the Third Republic.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISSN: 0016-1071
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 12:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/75488

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