By Kristen Stromberg Childers

In 1946, at a time whilst different French colonies have been simply commencing to become independent from of French imperial regulate, the folks of the French Antilles-the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe-voted to affix the French country as departments (Départments d'outre mer, or DOMs). Eschewing independence in desire of whole integration with the metropole, the folks of the French Antilles affirmed their Frenchness in a major selection that will outline their citizenship and form their politics for many years to come.

For Antilleans, this novel course was once the normal end result of a centuries-long quest for acceptance in their equality with the French and a method of overcoming the entrenched political and financial strength of the islands' white minority. unhappiness with departmentalization fast set in, Kristen Stromberg Childers indicates during this paintings, because the promised equality used to be gradual in coming and Antillean contributions to international warfare II went unrecognized. Champions of departmentalization comparable to goalé Césaire argued that the "race-blind" Republic was once faraway from common and egalitarian. The French executive struggled to stem unrest via fiscal improvement, tourism, and immigration to the metropole, the place hard work was once briefly provide. Antilleans fought opposed to racial and gender stereotypes imposed on them by means of ecu French and sought to stem the tide of white metropolitan staff arriving within the Antilles. even though departmentalization has been criticized as a vulnerable replacement to nationwide independence, it used to be overwhelmingly well known between Antilleans on the time of the vote, and next sadness displays the damaged provides of assimilation greater than the faulty nature of the decision.
Contrasting with the wars of decolonization in Algeria and Vietnam, looking Imperialism's embody examines the Antilleans' extra peaceable yet maybe both vexing means of forging a countrywide id within the French empire.

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