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« Retour à la France » et « Plus grande France » : Le fait colonial, composante de l’éblouissement tricolore et du malaise alsacien (à travers le cas de l’Exposition coloniale de Strasbourg en 1924)

Abstract : “Go to hell, good old Joseph, we won the war while you were having a nap in Tuyen-Quang”. This is how in “Les tilleuls de Lautenbach” (1979) Jean Egen, the author, points out a real paradox; his father, who had deserted the German forces, had joined a French zouave regiment and been sent to Tonkin, was not considered a “genuine” combatant in his native village, contrary to those coming back from the European front.This shows that colonialism did play a role in after-war Alsace. Concerning that point, the 1924 Exhibition was meant to demonstrate the Alsatians’ belonging to France, many of those who had opted for France (after 1870) had participated in the conquest of overseas territories. It was also meant to raise public French awareness on the Empire’s resources. Far from distracting the Paris authorities from the Vosges borderline, it was one of the key factors of victory and peace for a province facing Germany. This sort of “jingo exoticism” is still inspiring a malaise. The 1924 Exhibition which appeared to be a “human zoo” is said (by sociologist Bourdieu in 1999) to have been the source of a collective subconscious leading to a form of “Alsatian racism”. And yet colonialism had existed in Alsace and in Germany previously. However, it was related to the Alsatian after-war malaise. Many a veteran was a former supporter of colonial assimilation based on stereotypes (sometimes due to exhibitions organized by Alsatians! e.g. in Nancy in 1909.
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Francis Grandhomme. « Retour à la France » et « Plus grande France » : Le fait colonial, composante de l’éblouissement tricolore et du malaise alsacien (à travers le cas de l’Exposition coloniale de Strasbourg en 1924). Revue d'Alsace, 2018, 144, pp.303-342. ⟨10.4000/alsace.3512⟩. ⟨hal-03207365⟩

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