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By Nicola Frith

The Indian uprisings (1857–58) opposed to British rule in India characterize an iconic interval in the background of anti-colonial resistance. a number of works have thought of those old occasions from British and Indian views, yet none haven't begun wondered how they have been considered by means of Britain’s prime colonial rival in India, the French. The French Colonial mind's eye examines how the opportunity of Britain to lose its such a lot profitable colony by the hands its personal colonial “subjects” allowed French writers to envisage an international free of British dominance. The uprisings provided the sexy danger that France might suffer a colonial revival within the wake of British defeat, thereby reversing the devastating losses inflicted upon France’s former empire on the finish of the Napoleonic Wars. awesome between those losses used to be Britain’s determination (in the Treaty of 1814) to completely decrease France’s presence in India to 5 small buying and selling posts scattered round the outer edge of British territory. the level to which to the French colonial mind's eye of the 19th century used to be formed by means of the stories of such defeats kinds a prime challenge of this monograph. This research into French responses to the Indian uprisings unearths that French colonial discourse was firm as a lot by means of its visions of the colonized “other,” as through the dominance in their British opponents.

Drawing from journalistic, ancient, political, and fictional texts written in the course of Louis Napoleon’s moment Empire (1852–70) and within the early years of the 3rd Republic (1870–1944), The French Colonial Imagination exhibits how the uprisings gave French writers the chance to talk out opposed to the rapacity of British colonialism and its therapy of colonized Indians, whereas at the same time developing a competing colonial discourse that will justify extra growth in North Africa and South East Asia. status at a crossroads among the “loss” of Ancien Régime’s empire and the 3rd Republic’s ideological funding in in another country growth, this understudied interval of colonial heritage finds the centrality of loss, fracture, and political emasculation as middle preoccupations haunting the French colonial discourse in its quest to regain cultural and ideological ascendancy over its maximum political enemy.

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