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Owen White

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Owen White specializes in the history of modern France and the French colonial empire, with particular research interests in French West Africa and Algeria. The author of a book about the mixed-race population of French West Africa and articles on a variety of aspects of French colonialism, he has also published two edited volumes: one (with J. P. Daughton) on French missionaries, the other on social organization in modern empires. He is now writing a history of wine production in French Algeria. He received his B.A. from the University of Exeter and his doctorate from the University of Oxford.



  • Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960 (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Edited Volumes

  • (with J.P. Daughton): In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • The Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, Volume I: Social Organisation (Ashgate, 2013)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Conquest and Cohabitation: French Men's Relations with West African Women in the 1890s and 1900s,” in Martin Thomas (ed.), The French Colonial Mind, volume 2: Violence, Military Encounters, and Colonialism (University of Nebraska Press, 2012)
  • "Drunken States: Temperance and French Rule in Côte d'Ivoire, 1908-1916," Journal of Social History, spring 2007
  • "Priests into Frenchmen? Breton Missionaries in Côte d'Ivoire, 1896-1918," French Colonial History, 2007
  • "Networking: Freemasons and the Colonial State in French West Africa, 1895-1914," French History, March 2005
  • "The Decivilizing Mission: Auguste Dupuis-Yakouba and French Timbuktu," French Historical Studies, summer 2004
  • "Miscegenation and the Popular Imagination," in T. Chafer and A. Sackur (eds.), Promoting the Colonial Idea: Propaganda and Visions of Empire in France (Palgrave, 2001)

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