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Seeking Imperialism's Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization, and Assimilation in the French Caribbean

Kristen Stromberg Childers


Martinique and Guadeloupe voted to become overseas departments of France, or DOMs, in 1946, eschewing the trend toward national independence movements during the post-World War II years. For Antilleans, this was the natural culmination of a centuries-long quest for equality with France and a means of overcoming the entrenched political and economic power of the white minority on the islands, the békés. Disappointment with departmentalization set in quickly, however, as the promised equality was slow in coming and Antillean contributions to the war went unrecognized. Champions of departmentaliz ... More

Keywords: departmentalization, assimilation, Antilles, Aimé Césaire, immigration, metropole, békés, Départements d’Outre Mer, racism, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780195382839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen Stromberg Childers, author
Associate Professor of History, Eastern University