The Memory of Resistance: French Opposition to the Algerian War (1954-1962)

TitleThe Memory of Resistance: French Opposition to the Algerian War (1954-1962)
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsEvans, Martin
Number of Pages250

What makes people act against their own national identity? How real are the concepts of nationalism and patriotism? In what ways does the media control our perception of history in the making? This work addresses these questions through an examination of the Algerian war of 1954-62 and the significant French resistance to their own leaders during the bitter conflict. Through the use of extensive interviews, it provides powerful insights into the clash of values that accompanied the war. In exploring the events and experiences that led a small minority of French people to reject colonialism in the wake of the Algerian conflict, this volume focuses on the importance of political allegiances and ideologies, and the motivations for resisting them. The complex issues of identity and shared memory are examined to provide an indispensable analysis of loyalty and self-identity in the wider political context of the world. The book also debates the changing ways in which the media influences perceptions of, and attitudes towards, world events. 

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