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Bringing together a refreshing variety of original research, this is an important book that goes well beyond conventional narratives of both colonial and postcolonial Algeria. Sensitive to the political complexities involved, and to issues of culture, gender, language and power, this well-focused collection incisively challenges simplistic dichotomies and mythologies on all sides, rescuing a multiplicity of neglected historical voices from oblivion and opening them up to critical but fair examination. --Daniel Gordon, Senior Lecturer in European History, Edge Hill University, UK
This absorbing volume underlines the continuing topicality of Algeria. Half a century on from its traumatic accession to independence, the postcolonial nations still contested identity political, cultural and, especially, memorial continues to haunt France and to fascinate all those seeking to understand the contemporary Maghreb. Bringing together incisive new research from both sides of the Mediterranean, the Channel and the Atlantic, it makes a forceful case for the abiding and authentically global significance of the Algerian experience. --Philip Dine, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Algeria Revisiteds smart essays open new ways of thinking about the colonial, anticolonial, and postcolonial histories that have become the new center for innovative research on Algeria and France. To pull this off, editors Rabah Aissaoui and Claire Eldridge have assembled a superb cast of scholars who examine, each with their own personality and interest, the drama and the trauma of conquest and independence an epic struggle that set the stage for one of the worlds most complex controversial colonial encounters. The yield here is significant insight, careful analysis, and an honest questioning of the present and past anxieties. It is splendid contribution to the field. --James D. Le Sueur, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
On 5 July 1962, Algeria became an independent nation, bringing to an end 132 years of French colonial rule. Algeria Revisited provides an opportunity to critically re-examine the colonial period, the iconic war of decolonisation that brought it to an end and the enduring legacies of these years. Given the apparent centrality of violence in this history, this volume asks how we might re-imagine conflict so as to better understand its forms and functions in both the colonial and postcolonial eras. It considers the constantly shifting balance of power between different groups in Algeria and how these have been used to re-fashion colonial relationships. Turning to the postcolonial period, the book explores the challenges Algerians have faced as they have sought to forge an identity as an independent postcolonial nation and how has this process been represented. The roles played by memory and forgetting are highlighted as part of the ongoing efforts by both Algeria and France to grapple with the complex legacies of their prolonged and tumultuous relationship. This interdisciplinary volume sheds light on these and other issues, offering new insights into the history, politics, society and culture of modern Algeria and its historical relationship with France.
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