Apostles of Modernity: Saint-Simonians and the Civilizing Mission in Algeria

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Stanford University Press, 10 mai 2010 - 344 pages
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Between 1830 and 1870, French army officers serving in the colonial Offices of Arab Affairs profoundly altered the course of political decision-making in Algeria. Guided by the modernizing ideologies of the Saint-Simonian school in their development and implementation of colonial policy, the officers articulated a new doctrine and framework for governing the Muslim and European populations of Algeria. Apostles of Modernity shows the evolution of this civilizing mission in Algeria, and illustrates how these 40 years were decisive in shaping the principal ideological tenets in French colonization of the region.

This book offers a rethinking of 19th-century French colonial history. It reveals not only what the rise of Europe implied for the cultural identities of non-elite Middle Easterners and North Africans, but also what dynamics were involved in the imposition or local adoptions of European cultural norms and how the colonial encounter impacted the cultural identities of the colonizers themselves.

 

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Table des matières

Republicanism Deferred
1
1 Never the Twain Shall Meet?
17
2 The Moral Conquest
34
3 Impermanent Monstrosities
71
4 Lights Out
96
5 Raised in Our Care
123
6 Napoleon Emperor of the Arabs
159
Another Napoleon Another Waterloo
201
Appendices
211
Notes
253
Bibliography
300
Index
317
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Osama Abi-Mershed is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University. He is the editor of Trajectories of Education in the Arab World: Legacies and Challenges (2009).

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