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Subjects and Sojourners: A History of Indochinese in France (Paperback)

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During the era of French colonial rule in Indochina, as many as two hundred thousand Indochinese sojourned in France. Subjects and Sojourners is a vivid and comprehensive social, cultural, and political history of this diverse group, which ranged from ruling monarchs to the most marginal laborers. Drawing from a range of rich but underused archives, Charles Keith explores how French colonialism extended Indochina’s colonial society into France, where Indochinese subjects studied, labored, fought, and lived in imperial spaces and contexts that were profoundly different from those they had left behind. Time in France transformed these sojourners, and when they returned to Indochina, they in turn transformed colonial society. Indochinese, in short, did not simply encounter “France” in the colony: they went and lived it for themselves.

About the Author

Charles Keith is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520396852
ISBN-10: 0520396855
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 400
Language: English