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Apostles of ModernitySaint-Simonians and the Civilizing Mission in Algeria$
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Osama Abi-Mershed

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804769099

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804769099.001.0001

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Conclusion: Another Napoleon, Another Waterloo

Conclusion: Another Napoleon, Another Waterloo

(p.201) Conclusion: Another Napoleon, Another Waterloo
Apostles of Modernity
Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses the events following the collapse of the Second Empire in late 1870. The threat of military occupation and territorial dismemberment by Germany prompted the provisional government to pass emergency measures to consolidate its control in the metropole and overseas possessions. In the post-1871 balance of power in Europe, the irredentist leaders of the Third Republic looked adversely upon any hint of concession to Muslim jurisdictions in Algeria and to the reckless squandering of precious assets on indigenous communities deemed unable to make rational use of them. With France requiring all its resources to counter the confirmed demographic, industrial, and military superiority of a unified Germany, the integration of French Algeria became essential to the long-term goal of reclaiming the lost provinces of Alsace and Lorraine. At the instigation of the colonialist establishment, and with its blessing, Paris abandoned all premise for Franco-Arab stewardship in its North African colony and confined its quest for integration to its European sectors.

Keywords:   French Algeria, France, colonial policy, indigenous affairs, Third Republic

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