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The French Army and its African soldiers : the years of decolonization / Ruth Ginio.

By: Ginio, Ruth, 1966- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.France overseas: Publisher: Lincoln, NB : University of Nebraska Press, [2016]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780803299511; 0803299516.Additional physical formats: Print version:: French Army and its African soldiers.DDC classification: 355.3089/9604409045 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Historical background: the Army, the empire, and the decolonization of French West Africa -- The aftermath of World War II: frustration, protest, and rebellion -- The military reforms: a new Army in French West Africa? -- African troops in the wars of decolonization: Indochina, 1946-1954 -- African troops in the wars of decolonization: Algeria, 1954-1962 -- Alternatives to independence: the Army's colonial vision in French West Africa -- Adjusting to a new reality: the Army and the imminent independence -- Conclusion.
Summary: "An examination of the role of the French Army in French West Africa and its relations with its African soldiers from the end of World War II to the final demobilization of African troops from the French Army in 1964."--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Historical background: the Army, the empire, and the decolonization of French West Africa -- The aftermath of World War II: frustration, protest, and rebellion -- The military reforms: a new Army in French West Africa? -- African troops in the wars of decolonization: Indochina, 1946-1954 -- African troops in the wars of decolonization: Algeria, 1954-1962 -- Alternatives to independence: the Army's colonial vision in French West Africa -- Adjusting to a new reality: the Army and the imminent independence -- Conclusion.

"An examination of the role of the French Army in French West Africa and its relations with its African soldiers from the end of World War II to the final demobilization of African troops from the French Army in 1964."--Provided by publisher.

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The changing relationship between the French military and African soldiers between 1945 and the early 1960s is the central topic of Ginio's book. Though this subject has drawn much attention from scholars, Ginio's broad overview of French West Africa offers a very well-organized approach to the changing political programs of French military commanders. The embarrassments of how badly former soldiers were treated in the aftermath of WW II led to improved pensions and other benefits for veterans in the 1950s. Ginio (history, Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Israel) provides overviews of the social aspects of the experience of West Africans who fought in wars to retain control over Vietnam and Algeria, although there is relatively little information on specific campaigns and military achievements. The author concludes that veterans proved to be relatively opposed to decolonization because of post-1945 reforms that improved access to education and other forms of support. She also documents how military officers who seized power in African countries in the 1960s and 1970s used the same rhetoric of how the army transcended politics that the French military had promoted in the decade before independence in 1960. A valuable resource for historians of African decolonization. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Jeremy McMaster Rich, Marywood University

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Ruth Ginio is an associate professor in the Department of History and is the head of the Inter-University Program for African Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She is the author of French Colonialism Unmasked: The Vichy Years in French West Africa (Nebraska, 2006) and the coeditor (with Efrat Ben Ze'ev and Jay Winter) of Shadows of War: A History of Silence in the Twentieth Century .

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