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The Return of N'Guyen Van Binh

Exile and Injustice in the French Empire, 1866–1876

Geoff Read

In the spring of 1869, the family of N'Guyen Van Binh eagerly awaited his return to French-controlled Cochinchina—today southern Vietnam— after three years spent in exile in Guadeloupe. They included his young wife, a son who had been an infant

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Policing the French Empire

Colonial Law Enforcement and the Search for Racial-Territorial Hegemony

Samuel Kalman

various authors. 15 Yet in this case, administrative bumbling resulted in a decade-long saga of mistaken identity and incompetence peripatetically moving from Toulon to Senegal to Guadeloupe and back to Saigon. On one hand, Read's “French colonial history