Algeria: France's Undeclared War

TitleAlgeria: France's Undeclared War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsEvans, Martin
Number of Pages457
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford and New York
Abstract

This work examines the depth and scale of the colonization process and explains why the Algerian War was one of the longest and most violent of the decolonization struggles, bringing down four governments, ending the Fourth Republic, and miring the French Army in accusations of torture and mass human rights abuses. Invaded in 1830, populated by one million settlers who co-existed uneasily with nine million Arabs and Berbers, Algeria was different from other French colonies because it was administered as an integral part of France, in theory no different from Normandy or Brittany. Theis ecplains, so Martin Evans, why the Algerian War of 1954 to 1962 was one of the longest and most violent of the decolonization struggles. Drawing upon previously classified archival sources as well as new oral testimonies, this book underlines the conflict of values between the Republican Front and Algerian nationalism, explaining how this clash produced patterns of thought and action, such as the institutionalization of torture and the raising of pro-French Muslim militias, which tragically polarized choices and framed all subsequent stages of the conflict.

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