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The French RepublicHistory, Values, Debates$
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Edward Ducler Berenson, Vincent Duclert, and Christophe Prochasson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449017

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449017.001.0001

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Decolonization and the Republic

Decolonization and the Republic

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The French Republic

Todd Shepard

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents the history of decolonization as key to understanding how the pursuit and government of empire were, rather than a diversion, an inextricable part of the French history of Republics and republicanism since 1792. Every French Republic, after all, was also an empire; historically, the overwhelming majority of republicans had accepted empire, some had ardently called for it, and many anticolonialists relied on non-, even anti-, republican arguments. More specifically, the histories of both the Fourth and the Fifth Republic, notably their institutions, were tied to often forgotten but substantive efforts to redefine republican principles and state structure in order, first, to keep the colonies and, then, to get out of Algeria.

Keywords:   decolonization, decolonization history, Fourth Republic, Fifth Republic, imperialism, Algeria, anticolonialism

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