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Title:French Capitalism and Nationalism in Cameroon
Author:Atangana, Martin R.
Year:1997
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:40
Issue:1
Period:April
Pages:83-111
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
France
Subjects:nationalism
colonialism
foreign investments
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/525034
Abstract:This article explores the relationship between France and Cameroon under the French administration from 1946 to 1956. Politically, this period corresponds to the years during which changes that led to the process of decolonization occurred; economically, it was the period during which the French implemented a long-term programme for the development of their overseas territories. The programme led to large French investments in Cameroon and therefore to the development of an important financial and economic relationship between the two countries. The article addresses the following questions: What part did Cameroon play in the dynamism of French capitalism? What part did French capitalism play in the development of Cameroon and the relationship between Cameroon and France? How did French capitalism contribute to the rise of nationalism in Cameroon? The discussion includes a description of the 'actors', namely the main ethnic groups and social classes in colonial Cameroon; an assessment of French investments and their impact; an analysis of anticolonialism in the country; and an analysis of the conditions of decolonization. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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