French History @IHR: Natalya Vince’s book launch ‘The Algerian War, The Algerian Revolution’ (2020)

On Monday 22 February 2021, join us at 5:30pm (GMT) as Natalya Vince launches her latest book on Algeria, The Algerian War, The Algerian Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). In this session chaired by Professor Julian Jackson (QMUL), Vince will be joined by three discussants Jim House (Leeds), Claire Eldridge (Leeds) and Muriam Davis (University of California Santa Cruz). RESERVE A PLACE HERE.

‘a must-read’

Malika Rahal (CNRS)

Vince’s book, The Algerian War, The Algerian Revolution, provides a new analysis of the contested history of one of the most violent wars of decolonisation of the twentieth century – the Algerian War/ the Algerian Revolution between 1954 and 1962. It brings together an engaging account of its origins, course and legacies with an incisive examination of how interpretations of the conflict have shifted and why it continues to provoke intense debate. Locating the war in a century-long timeframe stretching from 1914 to the present, it multiplies the perspectives from which events can be seen. The pronouncements of politicians are explored alongside the testimony of rural women who provided logistical support for guerrillas in the National Liberation Front. The broader context of decolonisation and the Cold War is considered alongside the experiences of colonised men serving in the French army. Unpacking the historiography of the end of a colonial empire, the rise of anti-colonial nationalism and their post-colonial aftermaths, it provides an accessible insight into how history is written in our supposedly globally connected information age, as hierarchies of knowledge production are both flattened and reinforced.

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