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Dawn of the Vinelords: Wine and Capitalism in Colonial Algeria

Dawn of the Vinelords: Wine and Capitalism in Colonial Algeria
100 St. George Street, Room 2098, Sidney Smith Hall
Time: Oct 21st, 3:00 pm End: Oct 21st, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Owen White, University of Delaware

Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF) presents

Dawn of the Vinelords: Wine and Capitalism in Colonial Algeria

Seminaire conjoint d'histoire de la France / Joint French History Seminar

In the late nineteenth century wine production took off in French-ruled Algeria, to such an extent that for most of the following century this Muslim-majority territory was the fourth biggest wine producer in the world. Many of Algeria's vineyards were on a scale that far exceeded those found in metropolitan France, earning some colonists spectacular fortunes and, in time, significant influence over the colony's affairs. Through a study of the backgrounds and business dealings of these "vinelords," this talk will demonstrate the central importance of wine to the economic life of colonial Algeria, while arguing that agricultural capitalism also posed substantial risks to the French project of colonization.

Owen White is an associate professor of history at the University of Delaware. His publications include Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960 and the edited volume (with J.P. Daughton) In God's Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World, as well as articles on a variety of topics in French colonial history. He is currently completing a book manuscript about the Algerian wine industry.

This event is free an open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Véronique Church-Duplessis


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