Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies

Perspectives on French Colonial Madagascar

Authors: Jennings, Eric T.

  • Presents the first analysis of what has made Madagascar unique in Western imaginations
  • Explores in-depth the history of Madagascar from both colonial and global angles
  • Engages deeply with recent scholarship in the fields of new imperial history and the history of medicine, as well as French language archival material 
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This book is a vivid history of Madagascar from the pre-colonial era to decolonization, examining a set of French colonial projects and perceptions that revolve around issues of power, vulnerability, health, conflict, control and identity. It focuses on three lines of inquiry: the relationship between domination and health fears, the island’s role during the two world wars, and the mystery of Malagasy origins. The Madagascar that emerges is plural and fractured. It is the site of colonial dystopias, grand schemes gone awry, and diverse indigenous reactions. Bringing together deep archival research and recent scholarship, Jennings sheds light on the colonial project in Madagascar, and more broadly, on the ideas which underpin colonialism.

About the authors

Eric T. Jennings is Distinguished Professor of the History of France and the Francophonie at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is the author of several books on French colonial history, and has received a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship as well as grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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“This is a smashing book, full of excitement as well as sophisticated scholarship. From descriptions of malarial and rabies infection to the dictatorial pettiness of local administration, Eric Jennings picks apart otherwise familiar patterns of colonialism, which, in the case of Madagascar, have not been so thoughtfully described before. As the book makes plain, Madagascar’s colonial experience has all too often been framed in terms of exceptionalism, not least by its imperial conquerors themselves. Whether revisiting its supposed pathological dangers or the myths surrounding its peoples’ origins, Jennings does us—and colonial history—a real service.”  (Martin Thomas, Professor, University of Exeter, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55967-8
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59690-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perspectives on French Colonial Madagascar
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55967-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55967-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59690-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 258
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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