Faculty Book: Martin Atangana
French Investment in Colonial Cameroon: The FIDES Era (1946–1957)
French Investment in Colonial Cameroon: The FIDES Era (1946–1957) draws from a variety of sources collected in Cameroon, France, and the United States to offer an analysis of French investments in Cameroon during the period of development in Africa’s French colonies known as Fonds d’Investissements pour le Développement Economique et Social (FIDES). Providing not only a description of the economic structures of colonial Cameroon but also an analysis of French public and private investment in the country, Atangana considers the Franco-Cameroonian economic and financial relationship, the contribution of Cameroon to the dynamics of French capitalism, and the role French capitalism played in the economic development of its former colony. The detailed financial evaluation and assessment of the various effects of FIDES investment in Cameroon will be of particular interest to instructors teaching courses related to colonial, modern, or contemporary Africa, the economic history of Africa, and French colonial history. Martin Atangana is associate professor of history at the Graduate Center and York College.
Submitted on: JAN 27, 2009