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Regeneration through empire : French pronatalists and colonial settlement in the Third Republic / Margaret Cook Andersen.

Author/creator Andersen, Margaret Cook, 1978-
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoLincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2015]
Descriptionxi, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Series France overseas : studies in empire and decolonization
Contents France's "Supreme Chance" : Migration and Pronatalist Visions of Empire -- Recruiting Colonial Settlers : The Union Coloniale Francaise and the Non-Classees -- Creating a "Labor Reservoir" : Pronatalism, Medicine, and Motherhood in Madagascar -- Voting for the Family : The Fight for Familial Suffrage in France and North Africa -- A Colonial Fountain of Youth : Family Rights, Pronatalism, and Settler Politics in North Africa.
Scope and content "Following France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-71, French patriots feared that their country was in danger of becoming a second-rate power in Europe. Decreasing birth rates had largely slowed French population growth, and the country's population was not keeping pace with that of its European neighbors. To regain its standing in the European world, France set its sights on building a vast colonial empire while simultaneously developing a policy of pronatalism to reverse these demographic trends. Though representing distinct political movements, colonial supporters and pronatalist organizations were born of the same crisis and reflected similar anxieties concerning France's trajectory and position in the world. Regeneration through Empire explores the intersection between colonial lobbyists and pronatalists in France's Third Republic. Margaret Cook Andersen argues that as the pronatalist movement became more organized at the end of the nineteenth century, pronatalists increasingly understood their demographic crisis in terms that transcended the boundaries of the metropole and began to position the French empire, specifically its colonial holdings in North Africa and Madagascar, as a key component in the nation's regeneration. Drawing on an array of primary sources from French archives, Regeneration through Empire is the first book to analyze the relationship between depopulation and imperialism"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages [291]-315) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2014027851 2014952326
ISBN9780803244979 (hardback : alk. paper)

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