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Owen White

Owen White

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)