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Jennifer Sessions
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA 52242-1320)
Colonial Pioneers: French Emigration to Algeria, 1830-1850

I propose to carry out archival research in three regions of France that will allow me to explain how and why French citizens chose to emigrate to Algeria in the mid-nineteenth century. This investigation of the economic, cultural, and political conditions that motivated colonial emigration will allow me to complete the final chapter of a book manuscript exploring the origins of the French colony in Algeria. My interdisciplinary study will offer the first scholarly analysis since decolonization of the foundation of France’s most important modern colony, and shed important new light on the trans-Mediterranean dimensions of modern Europeans’ global migrations.

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Project fields:
European History

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2007 – 7/31/2007