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Colonial Metropolis, Colonial Metropolis, 0803225458, 0-8032-2545-8, 978-0-8032-2545-9, 9780803225459, Jennifer Anne Boittin , France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization, Colonial Metropolis, 0803229933, 0-8032-2993-3, 978-0-8032-2993-8, 9780803229938, Jennifer Anne Boittin , France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization, Colonial Metropolis, 0803277067, 0-8032-7706-7, 978-0-8032-7706-9, 9780803277069, Jennifer Anne Boittin, France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonizatio

Colonial Metropolis
The Urban Grounds of Anti-Imperialism and Feminism in Interwar Paris
Jennifer Anne Boittin

2010. 354 pp.
6 illustrations, 4 tables
$45.00 s
2015. 352 pp.
$22.00 s
Expected Availability 7/1/2015

World War I gave colonial migrants and French women unprecedented access to the workplaces and nightlife of Paris. After the war they were expected to return without protest to their homes–either overseas or metropolitan. Neither group, however, was willing to be discarded.
Between the world wars, the mesmerizing capital of France’s colonial empire attracted denizens from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Paris became not merely their home but also a site for political engagement. Colonial Metropolis tells the story of the interactions and connections of these black colonial migrants and white feminists in the social, cultural, and political world of interwar Paris and of how both were denied certain rights lauded by the Third Republic such as the vote, how they suffered from sensationalist depictions in popular culture, and how they pursued parity in ways that were often interpreted as politically subversive.
This compelling book maps the intellectual and physical locales that the disenfranchised residents of Paris frequented, revealing where their stories intersected and how the personal and local became political and transnational. With a focus on art, culture, and politics, this study reveals how both groups considered themselves inhabitants of a colonial metropolis and uncovers the strategies they used to colonize the city. Together, through the politics of anti-imperialism, communism, feminism, and masculinity, these urbanites connected performances of colonial and feminine tropes, such as Josephine Baker’s, to contestations of the colonial system.

Jennifer Anne Boittin is Josephine Berry Weiss Early Career Professor in the Humanities and an assistant professor of French, francophone studies, and history at the Pennsylvania State University.

"Examining performers such as Josephine Baker, black and feminist print culture, and police records about anti-imperial activists, the author connects diverse threads regarding race, gender, and colonialism."—Choice

"Jennifer Anne Boittin's Colonial Metropolis represents a bold assertion of the centrality of colonial relationships to the political and cultural history of interwar Paris."—Ian Germani, H-Urban

"[Colonial Metropolis] offers insightful and original analysis of the links between the vogue nègre and anti-imperial politics, and of the important role of the city of Paris in facilitating such a nexus."—Kate Marsh, H-France Review

"Colonial Metropolis should be required reading for any scholars of French empire in the twentieth century, as well as for graduate students working on twentieth century European imperialism. This book is consciously in dialogue with the richer literature on gender and race in the British Empire, so its value goes beyond specialists of France."—Jeremy Rich, Itinerario

"We now have Boittin's provocative study to guide us toward a fuller understanding ofthe love affair, now passe', between France and the African peoples who for better or worse fell under its tutelage in the age of empire."Susan Gilson Miller, The Journal of Modern History

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