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Owen White specializes in
the history of modern France and the French colonial empire, with particular
research interests in West Africa and Algeria. He grew up in the U.K., receiving
his B.A. from the University of Exeter and his doctorate from the University of
Oxford. 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 recently completed a history of Algerian wine,
and is now researching resistance to taxation in colonial empires.
The Blood of the Colony: Wine and the Rise and Fall of French Algeria (Harvard University Press, 2021)
Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960 (Oxford University Press, 1999)
(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)
Men in Greater France: Léon Poirier’s L’Appel
du silence and Brazza, ou l’épopée du
Congo,” French Colonial History, 2019
"Roll Out the Barrel: French and Algerian Ports and the Birth of the Wine Tanker," French Politics, Culture and Society, summer 2017
(with Elizabeth Heath): "The French Empire and the History of Economic Life," French Politics, Culture and Society, summer 2017
“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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