From Empire to Exile

From Empire to Exile History and Memory Within the Pied-Noir and Harki Communities, 1962-2012 - Studies in Modern French History

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This book explores the commemorative afterlives of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62), one of the world's most iconic wars of decolonisation. It focuses on the million French settlers - pieds-noirs - and the tens of thousands of harkis - the French army's native auxiliaries - who felt compelled to migrate to France when colonial rule ended. Challenging the idea that Algeria was a 'forgotten' war that only returned to French public attention in the 1990s, this study reveals a dynamic picture of memory activism undertaken continuously since 1962 by grassroots communities connected to this conflict. Reconceptualising the ways in which the Algerian War has been debated, evaluated and commemorated in the subsequent five decades, From empire to exile makes an original contribution to important discussions surrounding the contentious issues of memory, migration and empire in contemporary France that will appeal to students and scholars of history and cultural studies.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526127167
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 944.00492765
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 458g
Height: 262mm
Width: 264mm
Spine width: 38mm