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Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World$
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Charles Forsdick and David Murphy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319808

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The End of the Ancien Régime French Empire

The End of the Ancien Régime French Empire

(p.195) Chapter 15 The End of the Ancien Régime French Empire
Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World
Laurent Dubois
Liverpool University Press

During the latter part of the eighteenth century and the early years of the nineteenth, national independence movements in the Americas seriously challenged France's major Atlantic empires. The Atlantic slave trade slowly disappeared in the wake of political defeats in the region, although slavery itself persisted in one form or another in all but one of the independent American republics. These political setbacks not only overlapped with, but also informed, the beginnings of territorial expansion into Asia and Africa. This chapter examines the end of France's ancien régime, focusing on how the French empire lost its colonies in the Atlantic, particularly Haiti and the Americas.

Keywords:   Americas, slave trade, slavery, ancien régime, French empire, colonies, Haiti, France

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