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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221246443
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 1088
Size : 132 x 198 mm
The Algerian War: History and Memory

Collection : Bouquins
Release date : 19/03/2020
~After the “Bouquins” collection, which was dedicated to French thinkers Michelle Perrot, Edgar Morin and Elisabeth Badinter, this new volume renders homage to the work of a great contemporary historian—Benjamin Stora.
~This volume groups six major works by Benjamin Stora that correspond to one of the overarching themes in the historian’s research: the memory and history of the Algerian War. The first part follows Benjamin Stora’s personal journey. Found Keys focuses on his Jewish childhood in Constantine, especially the memories of... ~This volume groups six major works by Benjamin Stora that correspond to one of the overarching themes in the historian’s research: the memory and history of the Algerian War. The first part follows Benjamin Stora’s personal journey. Found Keys focuses on his Jewish childhood in Constantine, especially the memories of familial happiness a world that collapsed before his eyes; in The Last October Generation, the reader discovers his far-left activism and the parade of disillusions he faced. With Unending Wars, we follow the work of a researcher over several years as he shows how historical knowledge is a universal discipline that helps bandage the wounds of the singular memory of war. He also holds a critical distance to the groups that must carry a wounded memory (Pieds-Noirs, Harkis, immigrants, and Algerian nationalists). In his work on history and memory, Algeria is both a driving force and a phantom. Being a historian of the Algerian War means carrying a wound that is both collective and private.
The volume’s second part comprises three works of history. In The De Gaulle Mystery, Stora analyzes de Gaulle’s attitude the moment he came to power in 1958–an ever-popular topic. De Gaulle’s decision to open negotiations with the Algerian separatists in 1959 was not, for the historian, a means toward independence, but rather a way to find a solution of compromise, associating Algeria with France in a unique manner. History decided otherwise. In François Mitterrand and the Algerian War, written with François Malye, Stora evokes the attitude of the man who would later become a fierce adversary of the death penalty, but would not hesitate to announce his support of using the guillotine on the Algerians when he was Minster of Justice in 1957. Finally, in The Three Exiles, Stora recalls the long history of the Jews in Algeria and their impossible neutrality during the Algerian War, which would end in exile.
This collection allows for a better understanding of a war that in fact combined three wars: France’s colonial war, the nationalist war of the Algerian separatists, and the civil war among Algerians, as well as among the French people due to their strong demographic and social presence in Algerian territory at the time.
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EAN : 9782221246443
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 1088
Size : 132 x 198 mm
Robert Laffont