The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France

TitleThe Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsShepard, Todd
Number of Pages288
PublisherCornell University Press
CityIthaca, NY
Abstract

In this account of the Algerian War's effect on French political structures and notions of national identity, Todd Shepard asserts that the separation of Algeria from France was truly a revolutionary event with lasting consequences for French social and political life. For more than a century, Algeria had been legally and administratively part of France; after the bloody war that concluded in 1962, it was other—its eight million Algerian residents deprived of French citizenship while hundreds of thousands of French pieds noirs were forced to return to a country that was never home. This rupture violated the universalism that had been the essence of French republican theory since the late eighteenth century. Shepard contends that because the amputation of Algeria from the French body politic was accomplished illegally and without explanation, its repercussions are responsible for many of the racial and religious tensions that confront France today. (Cornell University Press)

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