Empire of hunger : famine and the French colonial state, 1867-1945

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Based on archival research in Europe, Africa, and Asia, "Empire of Hunger: Famine and the French Colonial State, 1867-1945, " traces changing conceptions of famine in the French Empire. Though French administrators once dismissed famine as an act of god or a misfortune of nature, developments in nutrition science, social engineering, and notions of race and gender suggested new tools for managing food and bodies in the colonies. At the same time, an emerging sense of the French Empire as a participant in an international humanitarian project, largely centered around the League of Nations, profoundly altered ideas of what colonialism was supposed to accomplish. In the interwar period, the high modernist confidence in the ability to mitigate hunger, coupled with the acknowledgement of the political obligation to do so, marked a turning point in the French Empire's relationship to its subjects and to nature itself. Increasingly sophisticated understandings of famine saddled the French colonial state with commitments that they were unable and unwilling to fulfill, undermining the ideological justifications of empire. This study shows how modern liberal ethics and norms of governance emerged from a contested history of imperialism.


Type of resource text
Form electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
Extent 1 online resource.
Place California
Place [Stanford, California]
Publisher [Stanford University]
Copyright date 2018; ©2018
Publication date 2018; 2018
Issuance monographic
Language English


Author Slobodkin, Yan
Degree supervisor Daughton, J. P. (James Patrick)
Thesis advisor Daughton, J. P. (James Patrick)
Thesis advisor Roberts, Richard C, 1932-
Thesis advisor Satia, Priya
Degree committee member Roberts, Richard C, 1932-
Degree committee member Satia, Priya
Associated with Stanford University, Department of History.


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Statement of responsibility Yan Slobodkin.
Note Submitted to the Department of History.
Thesis Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2018.
Location electronic resource

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© 2018 by Yan Slobodkin
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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