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Francophone Africa at fifty

Tony Chafer and Alexander Keese


2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the ‘Year of Africa’. All France’s colonies in sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence in that year. This book brings together leading scholars from across the globe to review ‘Francophone Africa at Fifty’. It examines continuities from the colonial to the post-colonial period and analyses the diverse and multi-faceted legacy of French colonial rule in sub-Saharan Africa. It also reviews the decolonization of French West Africa in comparative perspective and observes how independence is remembered and commemorated fifty years on.

Keywords: France, Africa, Colonialism, Decolonization, Independence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089305
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Chafer, editor
Professor of Contemporary French Studies at the University of Portsmouth

Alexander Keese, editor
Visiting Scholar at the University of Portsmouth

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Tony Chafer and Alexander Keese

Part I Zero hour approaches

Part II Military transitions

Part III Continuities and connections

Part IV Anglo-French relations

Part V Nationalist trajectories, border issues and conflicted memories

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