The French Colony of Algeria, is in example of the aftermath from the French war for independence, and shows some insight into the methods and purpose of France's colonization.
Second to Britians empire, France was able to build one of their own and spread the use of the French language to places in Africa, Indonesia, and Indian Ocean. France was able to succeed because they had a strategic advantage with the direct access to the sea and space to the Africa continent. However another reason for their pursuit towards colonization was their ambition and motivation to build an empire.
They had invoked a mission to civilize the unknown lands as an excuse to spread their culture and language and then rule them under their empire. The French was different in than the other colonist because through the use of assimilation they converted new masses to their ways. And they believed these was easily done through mass education so as the new patrons can curve their culture to theirs.
Its interesting how successful they were in spreading their culture to various countries.
I agree in that it was interesting how the French put a lot of emphasis on spreading French through education, though that was what proved to be a relatively ineffective method of assimilation.
I wrote exactly on this, just a little bit.
It amazing how much of an impact they had on society at that time.
Some countries will try its best to not be attached and recognized by France because of the trials that the french might have had made these countries endure. for instance,Algeria refused to admit it had french heritage. Algeria was France's first country it colonized "despite how painful Algeria's colonial history is the country is a striking example of how successful the french were in spreading their language during the second colonial push"(pg.193). most if not all European countries participated in colonialism but france took the cake in being the second most vast empire during that period. But to these countries had dark tails of the colonial powers performing ambitious semantic pirouettes against the people. what changed the language of french to spread was the fact the second wave of push is what brought french mainstream to countries like Algeria.what made Algeria so resentful of the french was because the french perversity wanted to have their education and objectives of speaking, writing , reading in french and deserting the Arabic language behind. but instead of stripping the language from the Algerians it was mixed schools that had taught the children arabic in the morning and french in the afternoon in schools.
I find it interesting that even though the French tried hard to enforce their language and culture to the Algerians, the French ended up borrowing some Arabic terms into the French language.
i also thought that was ironic and kind of hilarious cause it makes them seem kind of dumb in a way.
We're all attached to France somehow!
By the end of the 19th century, France was falling behind on demographics compared to it’s neighbors. Therefore, they decided to gain more land and build empires. The French were fueled by its mission to civilize, which was simply a satisfaction for building an empire. This slowly became a pretext for dominating and exploiting foreign people. For example, the book mentions how in Africa they named the inhabitants, indigenes. However, they did give them their own justice system but it was simply a new form of servitude. These people spoke broken French which was known as petit negre, which was a racist term the Frenchmen used towards them. Slowly they began this idea of making the it a mission to educate the places they took over in learning the French language. They even started to build French schools in Algeria when they took over. They did this by changing their strategies and sending more settlers to these newly gained land. Slowly the French even gained borrowed technical arabic terms. Although after Algeria gained independence from France, they tried to mask all of the French influence towards them, majority of Algerians speak fluent French to this day. Algerians choose to show that they only speak English, but their French influence does not seem to vanish because in some people you can still hear their French accent.
I like how you mention that the French were fueled by their mission to civilize, and how that aided in building their large empire. It shows how much influence and power they had.
I agree that they had a lot of influence and power but i think they were using some of it in the wrong ways.
The French had a major influence over the world through the power of language. You put it nicely!
It's amazing how much of an impact they made
The country of Algeria has had political ties to France, as many other countries we’ve read about in previous chapters; however, unlike most of those countries that Nadeau and Barlow discuss, Algeria refuses to admit to its French heritage, and did not make French its official language. As Nadeau and Barlow explain, this is because, “Algeria still bears the scars of civil war, the fallout from its violent war of independence from France, which lasted from 1954 to 1962,” (192). This hostility is also evident in regards to language. Many Algerians refuse to admit ties to the French language, and speak different ones such as English. However, a French accent can still be detected. In relation to this, Nadeau and Barlow make an interesting point. They talk about how this hostility towards the French does not translate into a complete rejection of the French. Algeria still has a very large population of French speakers; in fact, over half of the population of Algeria speaks French fluently, and many more have a general understanding of it. I thought this was extremely interesting, because even though Algerians attempted to rid themselves of any ties to their French heritage, they were ultimately unable to do so, as the language still persists.
This chapter goes on to discuss the colonization of Algeria. Algeria was the first African Territory that was declared a colony by a European nation. One of the main things that was discussed upon arriving in Algeria was replacing the language of Arabic with French. This concept further reiterates the pertinence of and influence of language. The main obstacle that got in the way of teaching Algerians French was that Algeria already had a developed tradition of education. However, this assimilation was continuously rejected, because Algerian families refused to send their children to French schools, and interracial marriage was frowned upon. However, the French still persisted, and language proved to spread through other methods, such as through taking over agricultural lands, through French becoming the language of administration, and through French becoming the language of military service.
I totally agree
French has influenced much of the world. French is the official language in dozens of countries today. This is because France and Belgium succeeded when other countries failed to spread their language and culture. France and Belgium both had strategic advantages that other counties like Germany and the Netherlands did not have. France and Belgium both had advantages like access to the sea and close proximity to Africa. The French like Americans were not particularly original in how they went about colonizing. The French performed some ambitious ugly thigs to try and hide the ugly face of the civilized mission. The elites at this time were called the evolved and a special status called indigenous natives. They even created a justice system just for the indigenous natives that forced them into labor like slaves. The ultimate objective for the French at this time was culture assimilation. This was believed to be able to be achieved through mass education. This became a tool for empire building in France. Algeria was France’s first colony and the first African territory officially declared a colony by a European country. By 1850 there were about twenty-five thousand European colonists in Algeria. The Algerian indigenous natives brought a wave of arabicisms into French. The French dreamed of replacing the Arabic language with the French language so they declared it the colony’s official language and tried to look for ways to get the Algerians to learn it. The French never achieved this goal however they did manage to create a solid French speaking base in all of their colonies.
I think this is a very important point in the novel. This is shown through the popularity of the language and emphasis on the punctuality of pronunciation and correctness.
Since this is a free write session, I find necessary to say that I have absolutely been enjoying the read. France is such a delicate, yet masculine culture that has dominated the European world for centuries. I'm beginning to understand why countries all over the world fear the linguistic complexities of the Francophones!! Clearly showing that size does not matter. France is the estimated size of Texas,but man does it pack hell of a punch. Linguistically and culturally, France has effected the lives of so many of us human beings. It still baffles me at the reasons why the French look at Napolean as the coming of Christ, but I will admit that he was a revolutionary for the French Republic. The history of France is so vast, and being "french" means more than being able to know how to dress. There is a deep intrinsic property that lies in language and most honestly, food. I am proud to be Haitian! Haiti was France's sloppy seconds, but they completely revolutionized our life.
I agree, the French culture and language has such an influence in so many peoples' lives.
Throughout this book, I have found that the French language and culture runs deep. French was an important influence on society and the progression of certain cultures. There are people and society in the French world that influenced the progression of the French language. The language has altered through the years. The French language and culture has effected so many people. Its influence goes outside of France and Europe. It affects the world in some way.
I agree with you. Many times I tell people I'm taking French and they ask why since no one uses it outside of France. This book helps show just how many people speak and were effected by the French language.
The French and the French language has had a huge influence and impact on the world as it is the official language in multiple countries. I think this stems from the stressed importance of the punctuality, pronunciation, and use of the language through word of mouth and their language academy. At the time, France’s ultimate objective was cultural assimilation, which was believed to be done through mass education. This allowed the country to grow as an Empire with Algeria as the first colony and the first African territory officially declared a colony by a European country. Europeans migrated to Algeria, and by 1850 there were about 25,000 European colonists there. The French started to adopt arabic customs with the influence of the Algerian indigenous natives. However, the French tried to replace the Arabic language by declaring the colony’s first official language as French as they attempted to educate Algerians.
France's push of education to spread didn't work quite well, but today over half of the country speaks french and most of the media is portrayed in French as well.
Algeria was France’s first colony and the first African territory taken over by a European country. Algeria does not admit officially to its French heritage and didn’t take French as its official language when they gained their independence. But even with that half the population can speak French fluently and eighty percent of the media is in French. When France was colonizing they covered about a third of Africa. French farmers were excited to go to the new colony because there was rich farmland available. In order to change the language of Algeria over to France, the government had to try out different methods. First they tried a school for children with a meal for two francs a day. What hurt France the most was that Algeria already had a steady way of education. The French kept pushing the schools with dual language classrooms and French colleges. What helped spread the language was the poor learning the language to trade/see/buy farm goods.
“Tool for an empire”, this text talks about Algeria and how the French, through colonialism had a great impact on spreading its language in that country. Algeria was a former French colony; however, French did not become one of its official languages. The process of colonization for the Algerians was tough therefore, many citizens refused to speak the language of its colonizer, the French. However, as shown in the text, Algeria’s half population speaks French fluently and the newspapers and TV programs are broadcast in French. France successfully colonized dozens of territories due to good strategies, which other powerful countries-stronger than France-did not implement. I am impressed to read how France managed to expand its influence even in countries such as Egypt, Turkey, China and Palestine. Now I understand why the French achieved its objective of colonization. It has to do with their cultural assimilation concept, which was attained through mass education. Therefore, education is the tool that built the French empire.
Chapter 9 of The Story of French discusses how France used the French language as a tool for empire building. As the reading explores, France’s colonial techniques focused on the task of “cultural assimilation” which they believed could be achieved through mass education (195). It was crucial to French colonists that they educate their colonies and taught them how to speak French. Due to inconsistencies in the education in their colonies, France did not necessarily succeed in the arena of mass education. However, they did succeed in training “an elite of so-called évolués” who would take over the colonies after gaining independence from France. In cases where attempting to formally educate the people failed, such as in Algeria, the French turned to “transform[ing] the Algerian peasants into employees who has to speak the boss’s language” effectively forcing them to learn the French language (199). Military and missionary influences also helped the “Frenchification” of France’s colonies. Local infantry forces were forced to speak French in order to communicate with their officers (201), and children in schools established by French missionaries were immersed in the language. The French language became a tool for empire building and left a permanent impression on France’s former colonies.