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by John Langdon,Barnett Singer

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ISBN:
0299199045
Author:
John Langdon,Barnett Singer
Category:
Historical
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (February 11, 2008)
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496 pages
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Cultured Force is a revisionist work, first because it takes vigorous issue with prevalent negative views of colonial activity . John Langdon is professor of history at Le Moyne College

Cultured Force is a revisionist work, first because it takes vigorous issue with prevalent negative views of colonial activity, second because it presents most of the military figures who are the heroes of the tale as cultivated, sensitive, all-round men. And its focus on individual personalities brings the story to life, filling it with anecdotes and color. John Langdon is professor of history at Le Moyne College. He is the author of July 1914 and coauthor, with Edward H. Judge, of A Hard and Bitter Peace and The Cold War: A History through Documents.

Vividly written, challenges those determined to see nothing beneficial in European colonialism, or, more . John Langdon is professor of history at Le Moyne College

Vividly written, challenges those determined to see nothing beneficial in European colonialism, or, more precisely in the achievements of France's pre-eminent military proconsuls of the past two hundred years. The book is valuable in its attempt to reconstruct the familial backgrounds and circumstantial difficulties that so often shaped the outlook and actions of the individuals studied.

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Cultured Force: Makers and Defenders of the French Colonial Empire .

Bridging gaps between intellectual history, biography, and military/colonial history, Barnett Singer and John Langdon provide a challenging, readable interpretation of French imperialism and some of its leading figures from the early modern era through the Fifth Republic. They ask us to rethink and reevaluate, pulling away from the usual shoal of simplistic condemnation.

Barnett Singer and John Langdon, both seasoned writers of French social and military history, have . It is as if the massive silent portraits on the dark walls of the Musée de l'Armée came alive for a while and let their human side be known.

Barnett Singer and John Langdon, both seasoned writers of French social and military history, have produced a lively volume of revisionist history. For decades now Bugeaud, Faidherbe, Gallieni, Joffre, Lyautey, and Bigeard have been getting a bad rap as hard-headed, hard-hearted imperialists. The authors correct that impression in a lively and largely convincing manner.

by Barnett Singer and John Langdon. All this makes for a notable work.

Cultured force : makers and defenders of the French colonial empire, Barnett Singer and John Langdon. London, Cambridge . The book by Singer and Langdon may be especially helpful because it is recent. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2004. The conquest of the Western Sudan: a study in French military imperialism, by A. S. Kanya-Forstner. Therefore, its bibliography is likely to include many of the useful sources published to date. Marco polo 17:04, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Sociology and Colonialism in the British and French Empires, 1945–1965. By Barnett Singer and John Langdon. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. Sociology and Colonialism in the British and French Empires, 1945–1965. An Identity of Opinion: Historians and July 1914.

Barnett Singer and John Langdon, Cultured Force: Makers and Defenders of the French Colonial Empire. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. 488 pp. ISBN: 0-299-19900-2 (hb.

Bridging gaps between intellectual history, biography, and military/colonial history, Barnett Singer and John Langdon provide a challenging, readable interpretation of French imperialism and some of its leading figures from the early modern era through the Fifth Republic.  They ask us to rethink and reevaluate, pulling away from the usual shoal of simplistic condemnation.  In a series of finely-etched biographical studies, and with much detail on both imperial culture and wars (including World War I and II), they offer a balanced, deep, strong portrait of key makers and defenders of the French Empire, one that will surely stimulate much historical work in the field.
  • Hra
Purchased as a gift for a friend. Arrived within a few days. Very fine condition. Gave it a quick look-through and it definitely looks like a book I will read. Appears to be one of the very few books on French colonialism available in English that treats subject per se rather than poor history or a polemical rant.
  • Kulalbine
Singer and Langdon, both university professors, reassess French imperialism; which along with the imperialism of other Western nations, has been negatively portrayed in the colonial and postcolonial studies of recent decades. They do so through biographical and historical studies of key French proconsuls in French colonies in Africa and Asia. They do not try to make the simplistic point that French imperialism and colonialism was good, or even desirable. But they aim to balance the picture of this colonialism, and by extension all Western colonialism. While not trying to gloss over brutalities and atrocities committed by colonial masters, the authors note that colonialism also worked to "reduce feudal inequalities, abolish serfdom, establish constitutions, build roads...and extend educational opportunities." This was seen by France--and other colonial powers--as "civilizing backward peoples." But it could also be seen as raising the living standards of the inhabitants of the colonies. Shedding a light on French colonialism by biographically and analytically looking at the specific colonial officials of Thomas Robert Bugeaud of Algeria, Louis-Hubert-Gonzalve Lyautey of Southeast Asia, and others, the authors inject a human dimension, with all of its aspirations and faults, into the subject. This is a scholarly work which reads almost like history for the general reader for dealing with historical characters and seeing historical issues in terms of their personalities and actions. With its balanced, broader view of French colonialism, "Cultured Force" restores an ambiguity to its subject, thus making it a subject of true history and human enterprise rather than an ideological or myopic one.