Welcome to H-French-Colonial, the international scholarly online network on French colonial history and cultural studies, as well as examining links between metropolitan France and its colonies (past and present). H-French-Colonial encourages discussions of research interests, teaching methods, and historiography.

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Book Announcement: Isabelle Eberhardt and North Africa

Isabelle Eberhardt and North Africa: a Carnivalesque Mirage was published in November 2014 by Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield). The book discusses Eberhardt's evolution in the Maghreb, with a focus on on her positioning in the French/Algerian conflict and her vision of gender identity. It departs from the existing literature on Eberhardt first in that it is the first full-length book to analyze her writings (that is, which is not simply a biography) and, second, because it departs from the myth of Eberhardt as anti-colonial and iconoclast figure.

New Network Editor

Greetings, H-French-Colonial readers!  I am Dr. Erica Johnson, and I am a new editor for this discussion network.  I am an assistant professor of history at Gordon State College, a four-year liberal arts institution in Georgia.  My area of expertise is French Latin American colonial history, with research on Saint-Domingue and French Guiana.  More broadly, I am also interested in the greater French Atlantic world and French empire.  You can learn more about me by viewing my profile