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FAU Lecture Addresses the French Army in World War I

            BOCA RATON, FL (March 23, 2010) – The department of history in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present the lecture Race and War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914-1918 on Wednesday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in the Wimberly Library, 5 th floor, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture, which will be presented by Richard Fogarty, assistant professor of history at the University at Albany, SUNY, is free and open to the public.

            Fogarty is the author of the prize-winning Race and War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914–1918, which won the prestigious first book award from Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society.  During the First World War, the French army deployed more than 500,000 colonial subjects, many of them Muslim soldiers from North Africa, to European battlefields. The struggle against a common enemy associated these soldiers with the French nation, but racial and cultural differences left them on the outside. Fogarty’s book investigates French conceptions of race and national identity at the time as reflected in the attitudes and policies directed toward these soldiers.  A widely praised account, the book was described as an “elegant” and “extraordinarily informative,” by the American Historical Review.

            “Dr. Fogarty is an amazing lecturer, a brilliant scholar and a marvelous teacher,” said Kenneth Osgood, history professor at FAU.  “His recent book on the French use of colonial troops during World War I is an example of the very best kind of military history – informative, engaging and eye opening.”

Fogarty earned an M.A. in history from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  An award-winning and experienced teacher, he has lectured widely in Europe and the United States on the history of modern France, European imperialism, the First World War and race relations in the modern world.

The lecture is sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, department of history, and Office of International Programs. For more information, call 561-297-2816.

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