Our collection of resources is intended to be of use to teacher, students, and others with an interest in French colonial history. The collection is a work in progress, and some regions/eras are currently better represented than others. The material is organized by region, rather than by period. We encourage you to send any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and help us expand!
Inspired by the Ferguson Syllabus and Charleston Syllabus, amongst others, FCHS members compiled the Paris Syllabus in the wake of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. It includes scholarly work on a wide range of topics, including cultural and religious diversity in France, French colonial legacies, and histories of North Africa and the Middle East, as well as novels, plays, music, and op-eds published at the time of the attacks.
Teaching Decolonization Resource Collection – The National History Center
This collection brings together resources on global decolonization, including many materials on French empire.
ANOM Virtual Exhibits
The French Overseas Archives website contains a series of virtual exhibits on topics like Auguste Pavie, Savorgnan de Brazza, Alfred Dreyfus, and French Louisiana. Several are available in English, though more are available in French.
ANOM Monthly Dossiers
The French Overseas Archives website also hosts a series of dossiers on specific topics related to its collections. Several are available in English, though more are available in French.
ANOM Ulysse Database
A database of images, maps, and a few posters. The interface is in French.
Amis des Archives d’Outre-Mer, Exposition colonial de Marseille 1906
This is a virtual exhibit on the Marseilles colonial exposition of 1906, based primarily on materials from the Marseilles municipal archives. (French only).
Age of Revolutions
This website created and maintained by two historians features a series of essays that engage with some aspect of revolution. Includes a number oessays on the French Atlantic in the age of revolutions. (English only)
This site features images from the colonial era, as well as excerpts of novels, reports and other primary sources. (French only)
Adieu Saigon, Au Revoir Hanoi: The 1943 Vacation Diary of Claudie Beaucarnot
This website is the culmination of a faculty-student research project directed by Dr. David Del Testa. It features a translation of Claudie Beaucarnot’s diary of a trip she took with her family through French colonial Indochina in 1943, as well as supporting documentation and an interactive map. (English only)
End of Empire in Asia
A multimedia, multi-platform project that focuses on events in Asia during the hundred days following the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. (English only)
Virtual Museum on New France - Canadian Museum of History
This exhibit on New France is available in both English and French.
Pathfinders and Passageways : The Exploration of Canada
Les Voies de la découverte : L’exploration du Canada
An overview of the European exploration of Canada. This is an archived site, and is no longer maintained.
The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France
Les relations des Jésuites : Aux sources de l’histoire de la Nouvelle-France
A virtual exhibit available in both English and French. The website is archived, and is no longer maintained.
Musée de l’Amérique francophone (Museum of Francophone America)
The museum’s website, available in both English and French, contains information about exhibits and cultural activities.
The Maine Memory Network
Website devoted to Maine history, including some materials related to the French presence. (English only)
The Louverture Project
An open-content resource that includes encyclopedia entries, timelines, images, maps, and primary source documents.
David Geggus, The Haitian Revolution: A Documentary History (Hackett Publishing Company, 2014)
Laurent Dubois and John Garrigus, Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St Martin’s, 2016)
Tran Tu Binh, Red Earth: A Vietnamese Memoir of Life on a Colonial Rubber Plantation (Ohio University Press, 1986)
Truong Buu Lam, Patterns of Vietnamese Response to Foreign Intervention, 1858-1900 (Yale UP, 1967)
Truong Buu Lam, Colonialism Experienced: Vietnamese Writings on Colonialism, 1900-1931 (University of Michigan Press, 2000)
Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of Bao Luong (University of California Press, 2010)
Marguerite Duras, The Sea Wall. No longer in print, but there are possibilities for legal reprints.
Marguerite Duras, The Lover (Pantheon, 1998)
Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism, trans. Joan Pinkham (several editions)
Mouloud Feraoun, Journal (1955-1962) (Contemporary French Fiction, 2011)
Mouloud Feraoun, The Poor Man’s Son (University of Virginia Press, 2005)
Todd Shepard, Voices of Decolonization: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St Martin’s, 2014) – Covers global decolonization, and contains several documents from the French colonial context.
Bonnie Smith, Modern Empires: A Reader (Oxford UP, 2017)
Jean-Paul Sartre, Colonialism and Neocolonialism (Routledge, 2005)
Albert Memmi, The Colonizer and The Colonized (several editions in translation)
Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (several editions in translation)
Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (several editions in translation)
Slavery and the Haitian Revolution
Site includes overview of the Revolution as well as several primary sources.
The Louverture Project
An open-content resource that includes encyclopedic entries, timelines, images, maps, and primary source documents.
History of the Haitian Independence Struggle – Marxists Internet Archive
Primary Sources and Maps on French Exploration of the Americas – National Humanities Center
Jules Ferry, Speech to the French National Assembly
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese Declaration of Independence
East Asian History Sourcebook – Fordham University (archived)
Colonial North America Sourcebook– Fordham University (archived)
Imperialism Sourcebook – Fordham University (archived)
La France est un empire (France is an Empire; 1939 documentary re-issued by Les Documents cinématographiques, available with English subtitles)
La 317ème section (The 317th Platoon; Pierre Schoendoerffer, 1964)
La bataille d’Alger (The Battle of Algiers; Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
La victoire en chantant (Black and White in Color; Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1976)
Chocolat (Claire Denis, 1988)
Indochine (Régis Wargnier, 1992)
L’Amant (The Lover, Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1992)
L’Ami Y’a Bon (Rachid Bouchareb, 2004) – animated short about the Thiaroye massacre; no English subtitles, but they’re not necessary as there is very little dialogue.
Indigènes (Days of Glory; Rachid Bouchareb, 2006)
L’ennemi intime (Intimate Enemies; Florent Emilio-Siri, 2007)