‘Mission Civilisatrice’: French Cultural Policy in the Middle East, 1860–1914

  title={‘Mission Civilisatrice’: French Cultural Policy in the Middle East, 1860–1914},
  author={Mathew Burrows},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={109 - 135}
  • M. Burrows
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
Mission civilisatnce was one of the bywords of French colonial expansion under the Third Republic. Unfortunately until now there have been few works devoted to its study. Indeed, the notion itself has not been taken very seriously by scholars. As long ago as 1960 when Henri Brunschwig published his seminal work on French colonialism, he stated quite categorically: ‘en Angleterre la justification humanitaire l'emporta’ while ‘en France le nationalisme de 1870 domina’ even if that nationalism ‘ne… 

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