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Show more. Show less. Product description Review "Some books become must-read classics that no serious student can ignore. This superb study of French colonization in America offers one of the very best introductions to the subject available today. No serious student of French America can afford to bypass this book. McGrath, Boston University, Massachusetts "The author draws on archival findings as wells as scattered existing studies, and the book, with ample footnotes and an excellent bibliography, constitutes an invaluable resource for anyone interested in comparative colonialism.

Baugh, Cornell University " Those who lecture to undergraduates in comparative European colonial history will find this particularly useful. The author draws on archival findings as well as scattered existing studies, and the book, with ample footnotes and an excellent bibliography, constitutes an invaluable resource for anyone interested in comparative colonialism. We owe him a great debt for thsi thorough synthesis.

Lappas, H-French-Colonial. No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Discover the best of shopping and entertainment with Amazon Prime. No one has shaped this historiography more than Laurent Dubois. A Colony of Citi- zens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, — and Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, both published in , provide both new interpretations and compelling narratives for the dramatic events of the late 18th century.

But perhaps more to the point of this essay, the expanding literature on the Haitian Revolution can serve as a good model for thinking about the French Atlantic generally. To be sure, sources dictate possibilities — studying 16th-century French forays into Florida or 17th-century Acadia is simply different that studying revolutionary Saint-Domingue.

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In doing so, they reflect the sensibilities of their subjects. Take Julien Raimond. Eager to protect the property and rights of other well-to-do men, he cast the French state as the ultimate arbiter of liberty. From his perspective, neither the kingdom of Louis XVI nor the republic that followed it were all-powerful.

For him, the French state was an important, if imperfect, actor in the great drama of racial reordering and revolutionary upheaval that defined his life and millions more on both sides of the Atlantic. But in the early modern French Atlantic that created the revolutionary world he knew, creative engagement with the state was every- where. If the study of the French Atlantic is to emerge from obscurity, this trend must continue. Brett Rushforth is an assistant professor of history at the College of William and Mary. Together they are writing a history of the French Atlantic to Email: bhrushforth wm.

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Desbarats, and T. Wien eds. For Martinique and the Caribbean, see P. Mancall ed. The same could be said of French-Spanish connections, which are largely ignored, even in places like Hispaniola where they shared the same island. Remarkably, this elision is sustained for more than pages in J.

In all kinds of places where the French should appear — imperial wars, territorial disputes, trade — they receive only the slightest mention. See E. Jack Greene made a similar call for broader perspectives in Atlantic and colo- nial history, emphasizing the importance of considering the western hemisphere as a broad unit of analysis.

Despite the historical and persistent presence of the French in the Americas, Greene focused exclusively on British and Spanish empires, mentioning the French only twice in passing. See J. For patronage and kinship, see S. For financial networks, see D.

In Search of Empire: The French in the Americas, 1670-1730

For two excellent regional studies see G. Pritchard, In Search of Empire, See, also, B. See, for example, T. See, also, S. For an economic overview of French slavery in comparative perspective, see R. Geggus ed. Geggus, ed. Garraway, ed.

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