This co-authored review essay appeared on H-France, August 2018.
H-France Review Vol. 18 (July 2018), No. 152
Dominique Barjot and Thi Hoai Trang Phan, eds., Économie et Développement Durable: Héritage Historiques et Défis Actuels au sein du Monde Francophone. Paris: Société française d’historie des outre-mers, 2016. 294 pp. Illustrations, tables, notes, bibliography, and index. 15.00€ (pb). ISBN 978-2-85970-054-6.
Review by Simon Jackson and Gemma Jennings, University of Birmingham.
In March 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron launched a drive to re-energize la Francophonie, the global cultural ensemble defined by the use of the French language, and a much contested legacy of French colonial empire. The impact of his thirty-three proposals to develop a plurilingual and democratized version of the Francophone world remains to be seen, but his rhetorical efforts to de-connect la Francophonie from its colonial past are critically contextualized by this volume, which makes clear the enduring influence of French empire on its former colonies after independence by exploring the varied and specific trajectories of individual economic activities...