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Christopher Tozzi
Howard University (Washington, DC 20059-0001)
Mixed-Race Military Units in the French Colonial World

This project studies colonial military units in the eighteenth-century French empire in which soldiers of different ethnicities served alongside one another. It focuses on the way in which ideologies and practices of organized violence became hybridized among these troops as a result of the blending of European and non-European conceptualizations of how warfare and other forms of violence should be carried out. A better understanding of such hybridization will highlight the contributions made by ordinary people of diverse backgrounds living in the colonial world, as opposed to governing elites in European capitals, to the military ideologies and institutions that were a key component of societies at the outset of the modern era. It also underscores the divergence between abstract theories and actual practices of early-modern state-building and highlights the ethnic, religious, cultural and religious diversity of early-modern societies, which scholars have often overlooked.

Project fields:
Cultural History; European History; Military History

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Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 7/30/2016