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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

Conclusion - Ancien Régime Legacies


The Conclusion traces the fruits of Ancien Régime imperial innovation and colonial experimentation into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to establish a new perspective on how continuity, innovation, and rupture conditioned the broader narrative of French colonial empire. It looks at the long road to the creation of the DOM-TOM (départements et territoires d’outre-mer) as well as at the ideological underpinnings of French imperial incursions into West and North Africa. Based on this brief overview, it proposes a non-linear history French colonial empire.