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- DescriptionThis work is the first comprehensive history of the Lebanese migrant communities of colonial French West Africa, a vast expanse that covered present-day Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Guinea, Benin and Mauritania. Where others have concentrated on the commercial activities of these migrants, casting them as archetypal middlemen, this work reconstructs t just their ecomic strategies, but also their social and political lives. Moreover, it examines the fraught responses of colonial Frenchmen to the unsettling presence of these interlopers of empire--responses which, with their echoes of metropolitan racism, helped to shape the ways in which Lebanese migrants represented themselves and justified their place in West Africa. This is a work which attempts t just to reshape broader understandings of diasporic life-of Janus-like existences lived in transit between distant locales, and de- pendent on the constant to-and-fro of people, news, and goods--but also to challenge the way we think about empires, and the relations between their constituent territories and diverse inhabitants.
- Author BiographyAndrew Arsan is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He has previously held positions at Princeton University and Birkbeck, University of London.
- Author(s)Dr Andrew Arsan
- PublisherOxford University Press (UK)
- Date of Publication01/06/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press (UK)
- Weight703 g
- Width165 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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