While European commerce in race was substantial, the colonial trade in ideas of race was highly profitable as well. Looking at official propaganda and commercial representations in France during the Third Republic, this book explores the way the French increased the value of their racial identity at home at the expense of their colonized brothers and sisters. The French did not create the identity-effacing stereotypes of Africans, Arabs, and Indochinese. Instead they refined or remolded these images, and as they did so they redefined and remolded their images of themselves. Focusing on world’s fairs, colonial expositions, and mundane manufacturers’ trademarks, Races on Display shows not only the prevalence of racial stereotypes, but also how complex these representations prove to be.
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Dana S. Hale received her Ph.D. in Comparative History from Brandeis University and taught history at Howard University from 1998 to 2005. She is author of several essays.Review:
"... very clear and straight-forward. The introduction is brief and refreshingly
unencumbered with theoretical jargon; indeed, the work as a whole is free of the commonly cumbersome and overly complex intellectual gymnastics of many postcolonial studies of racial images. In these opening pages, Hale lays out her argument and gives the reader a clear blueprint for the text. Throughout the work, Hale blends historiography into the narrative flow in an almost seamless manner." —Michael Vann, Sacramento State University, H-French-Colonial, H-Net, April 2009
"... a worthy addition to the literature on colonial representation and French colonial history." —Karin Speedy, Macquarie University, Sydney, New Zealand Jrnl of French Studies, Vol.30.1 2009(Karin Speedy, Macquarie University, Sydney New Zealand Jrnl of French Studies 2009-01-00)
"Races on Display is a rich work. If its conclusions are not as novel as its wealth of detail, it will nonetheless appeal to an interdisciplinary audience and provoke the sort of discussion that will make it a useful text for classroom use." —Journal of Modern History, Vol. 82.3, September 2010(Journal of Modern History 2010-01-00)
"[This] book offers a broad view, in both time and space, surveying almost the entire life of the Third Republic as well as the major and widely dispersed areas of France's 'new' colonial empire. This allows the author to make important observations about how views of empire and race changed over time and to compare images of different 'races'." —European History Quarterly(European History Quarterly)
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Descripción Indiana University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0253348544
Descripción Indiana University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0253348544