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Richard Standish Fogarty
Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599)

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 8/31/2004

Race and War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914-1918

This project examines conceptions of race and national identity in France as revealed through attitudes and policies toward colonial subjects who served in the French army in Europe during the First World War. The presence of over 500,000 non-white men from North and West Africa, Indochina, and Madagascar in the French army and on French soil highlighted tensions between republican traditions of egalitarianism and univeralism and racial prejudices. The results of these tensions were paradoxical policies that associated these men closely with the French nation they were defending, yet held them apart because of their racial identity and made their full integration into the French nation difficult, if not impossible.