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Imperialism and the Corruption of Democracies


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A preeminent cultural historian of France shows how empire and the postcolony have pervaded--and corroded--Western cultural, intellectual, and social life from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day

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Preface ix
Acknowledgments xix
1. Not the Right Stuff: Shrinking Colonial Administrators 1
2. Pierre Bourdieu's Own Cultural Revolution 22
3. Jean Renoir's Voyage of Discovery: From the Shores of the Mediterranean to the Banks of the Ganges 34
4. France's Black Venus 60
5. John Locke, Imperialism, and the First Stage of Capitalism 87
6. Why, Suddenly, are the Americans Doing Cultural History 100
Afterword 113
Notes 121
Selected Works of American Cultural History Writing 155
Index 159

About the Author

Herman Lebovics is Professor of History at Stony Brook University. He is the author of Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age, also published by Duke University Press; Mona Lisa's Escort: Andre Malraux and the Reinvention of French Culture; and True France: The Wars Over Cultural Identity, 1900-1945.


"Herman Lebovics is one of the leading American cultural historians of France and a rare native of our shores whose work has been translated into French. People on both sides of the Atlantic will want to read these extremely interesting essays."--Edward Berenson, Director of the Institute of French Studies, New York University

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