Alexander Sydney Kanya-Forstner: The French in West Africa

Scope and Content

'The French in West Africa: a study in military imperialism', a Fellowship dissertation for Gonville and Caius College, 425 pages.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Sydney Kanya-Forstner was born in Canada on 24 October 1940. He edited volumes and published his own work on the French involvement in West Africa. He was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the African Studies Centre Library, Cambridge, 1983.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids



The dissertation is essentially the same as Kanya-Forstner's Cambridge Ph.D. thesis, 'The role of the military in the formation of French policy towards the Western Sudan, 1879-1899' (Ph.D. 5149, 1965), which was published in a revised and enlarged form as The conquest of the Western Sudan: a study of French military imperialism (Cambridge, 1969).


Geographical Names