Algeria: France's Undeclared War by Martin EvansAlgeria: France's Undeclared War by Martin Evans

Algeria: France's Undeclared War

byMartin Evans

Paperback | April 25, 2013

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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. The depth and scale ofthe colonization process explains why the Algerian War of 1954 to 1962 was one of the longest and most violent of the decolonization struggles. An undeclared war in the sense that there was no formal beginning of hostilities, the conflict produced huge tensions that brought down four governments, ended the Fourth Republic in 1958, and mired the French army in accusations of torture and mass human rights abuses. In carefully re-examining theorigins and consequences of the conflict, Martin Evans argues that it was the Socialist-led Republican Front, in power from January 1956 until May 1957, which was the defining moment in the war, rather than the later administration under De Gaulle. Predicated on the belief in the universalcivilizing mission of the Fourth Republic, coupled with the conviction that Algerian nationalism was feudal and religiously fanatical in character, the Republican Front dramatically intensified the war in the spring of 1956. Drawing upon previously classified archival sources as well as new oral testimonies, France's Undeclared War is the first major English-language history of the Algerian conflict in a generation. Throughout, Martin Evans underlines the ultimately irreconcilable conflict of values between theRepublican 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 stages of the conflict.
Martin Evans is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Portsmouth. He is the author of Memory of Resistance: French Opposition to the Algerian War (1997), co-author (with Emmanuel Godin) of France 1815 to 2003 (2004), and co-author (with John Phillips) of Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed (2007). In 2008 Memory of Resi...
Title:Algeria: France's Undeclared WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:April 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199669031

ISBN - 13:9780199669035


Table of Contents

PrefaceSome Key CharactersChronologyPart I: Origins 1830-19451. Invasion2. The Long Hatreds3. The Making of Algerian NationalismPart II: Undeclared War 1945-594. Sliding into War5. 'Algeria is France'6. Guy Mollet's War7. The 'Battle of Algiers' and its Aftermath8. Complex ViolencePart III: Denouement 1959-629. Endgame10. Bloody Conclusion11. IndependencePostscriptGlossaryEndnotesSelect BibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Review from other book by this author: "Easily the best account of the 1954-1962 war of Algerian independence available in English." --Financial Times, Books of the Year