Alternativas al nacionalismo en África Francesa, 1945-19601

Translated title of the contribution: Alternatives to Nationalism in French West Africa, 1945-1960

Frederick Cooper

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    In the decades after World War II, ideas of political emancipation were more diverse than the claim to a singular state for each nation or people: political leaders looked toward different political forms that would turn colonial empire into something else. Most leaders from French West Africa doubted that the territorial nation-state offered a solution to colonized people in a world characterized by both intense interaction and extreme inequality. Some sought to turn the French empire into a federation or confederation, stripped of the oppression of colonialism, enabling continued association of different colonies with European France and each other, maintaining a claim on French resources needed to reduce economic inequality. This article explores the possibilities and tensions among advocates of different alternatives to both colonial empire and the nation-state. That such projects ultimately did not come to fruition reflected the inherent attractiveness of nationalism as a much more contingent and conflictual process.

    Translated title of the contributionAlternatives to Nationalism in French West Africa, 1945-1960
    Original languageSpanish
    Pages (from-to)101-121
    Number of pages21
    JournalVinculos de Historia
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 2014


    • Decolonization
    • Federalism
    • French Empire
    • French West África
    • Nationalism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History


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