Francosphères

The Francosphere and beyond

Exploring the boundaries of French Studies

Francosphères (2012), 1, (1), 1–17.

Abstract

This article focuses on France and China, exploring the intersections of the Francosphere with other cultures, languages, and histories. It includes a case study on the deployment of Chinese workers at the Front in the First World War, a largely unexplored historical phenomenon, which considers the powerful repercussions in France and China of this mass movement of people (and its afterlives, both physical and memorial). The article concludes with a reflection on the lieux de mémoire in France relating to these Chinese workers, and on the importance of such sites within the concept of the Francosphere.

The Francosphere and beyond

Exploring the boundaries of French Studies

Abstract

This article focuses on France and China, exploring the intersections of the Francosphere with other cultures, languages, and histories. It includes a case study on the deployment of Chinese workers at the Front in the First World War, a largely unexplored historical phenomenon, which considers the powerful repercussions in France and China of this mass movement of people (and its afterlives, both physical and memorial). The article concludes with a reflection on the lieux de mémoire in France relating to these Chinese workers, and on the importance of such sites within the concept of the Francosphere.


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Forsdick, Charles