This 1992 book is a full-length study in English of the 'confetti of empire', the former French colonies which have not gained their independence but remain part of France as the departements et territoires d'outre-mer (DOM-TOMs). More recent French governments have shown a determination to retain these possessions, despite independence movements (notably in New Caledonia) and international criticism. The authors' comprehensive description of the history, economy, geography and politics of the DOM-TOMs will make this the standard English reference on France's overseas territories.
Maps; Tables; Preface; 1. Overseas France; 2. The colonial heritage; 3. Decolonisation and institutional change since 1940; 4. Population and society; 5. Economic change: from production to consumption; 6. Culture, identity and national consciousness; 7. The shape of politics in the DOM-TOMs; 8. Towards independence?; 9. The DOM-TOMs and the wider world; 10. The ties that bind; Notes; Bibliographical essay; Glossary; Index.