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By Ruth Ginio

As a part of France’s competition to the independence of its former colonies within the years following international battle II, its military remained deeply invested in combating the decolonization of the territories comprising French West Africa (FWA). whilst past due because the Fifties, the French military clung to the wish that it was once attainable to maintain FWA as a colony, believing that its family with African squaddies may provide the right version for persevered ties among France and its West African territories.
In The French military and Its African Soldiers Ruth Ginio examines the French Army’s makes an attempt to win the hearts and souls of the neighborhood inhabitants at a time of turbulence and uncertainty relating to destiny kin among the colonizer and colony. in the course of the prism of the army’s courting with its African infantrymen, Ginio considers how the army’s actions and political place in the course of FWA’s decolonization laid the basis for France’s persisted lively presence in a few of these territories after independence. This undertaking is the 1st thorough exam of the French Army’s involvement in West Africa prior to independence and offers the basic old heritage to figuring out France’s advanced postcolonial army kin with its former territories in Africa.


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