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Creating Mali

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This chapter discusses decolonisation, independence and nationalism in late colonial Soudan Français through a narrative history on party politics and the creation of the Organisation Commune des Régions Sahariennes (OCRS). Between 1946 and 1968, colonial Soudan Français was transformed into the Republic of Mali. The main point of this chapter for my general argument lies in the plurality of constructions, such as Europeans and Africans, administrators and politicians, parties and people. According to Bruce Hall, this book is exceptional in two points. The first is that the book contains praise on the merits of French occupation. Second, the Ministry of Saharan Affairs, which was still contested internally by the Ministry of Overseas Territories, and externally by the African politicians, welcomed the Qadi's actions too.

Keywords: colonial Soudan Français; Mali; Organisation Commune des Régions Sahariennes (OCRS)



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