Promoting the Colonial Idea

Propaganda and Visions of Empire in France

  • Tony Chafer
  • Amanda Sackur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Tony Chafer, Amanda Sackur
      Pages 1-11
  3. The Empire and Public Opinion

  4. Representations of Empire

  5. The Empire and Science

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 224-248

About this book


Challenging the notion that there was no 'popular imperialism' in France, this important new book examines the importance of France's colonial role in the development of French society and culture after 1870. It assesses the impact of colonial propaganda on public attitudes in France and the relationship between French imperialism, republicanism and nationalism. It analyses metropolitan representations of empire, traces the development of a colonial 'science' and discusses the enduring importance of images and symbols of empire in contemporary France. It will be of interest to students of imperial, social and cultural history as well as to historians of contemporary France.


colonialism empire France history

Editors and affiliations

  • Tony Chafer
    • 1
  • Amanda Sackur
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PortsmouthUK
  2. 2.London Guildhall UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41900-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1942-7
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