Examining the clandestine and subversive activities of Algerian nationalists in West Germany and Europe, Mathilde Von Bulow sheds new light on the extent to which FLN activities and French counter-measures impacted the conflict in Algeria and the politics of the global Cold War.
The Battle of the Casbah
Author: General Paul Aussaresses
Publisher: Enigma Books
This book is particularly relevant to the current debate on terrorism. That story constitutes the main part of this book. It details the methods used, including torture and summary executions, and the results obtained by the paratrooper commando units led
The move to end impunity for human rights atrocities has seen the creation of international and hybrid tribunals and increased prosecutions in domestic courts. The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice is the first major reference work to provide a complete overview of this emerging field. Its nearly 1100 pages are divided into three sections. In the first part, 21 essays by leading thinkers offer a comprehensive survey of issues and debates surrounding international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and their enforcement. The second part is arranged alphabetically, containing 320 entries on doctrines, procedures, institutions and personalities. The final part contains over 400 case summaries on different trials from international and domestic courts dealing with war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, and terrorism. With analysis and commentary on every aspect of international criminal justice, this Companion is designed to be the first port of call for scholars and practitioners interested in current developments in international justice.
The Seine was red
Author: Leïla Sebbar, Mildred P. Mortimer
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
Leïla Sebbar's novel recounts an event in French history that has been hidden for many years. Toward the end of the Algerian war, the FLN, an Algerian nationalist party, organized a demonstration in Paris to oppose a curfew imposed upon Algerians in France. About 30,000 Algerians gathered peacefully, but the protest was brutally suppressed by the Paris police. Between 50 and 200 Algerians were killed and their bodies were thrown into the Seine. This incident provides the background for a more intimate look into the history of violence between France and Algeria. Following three young protagonists -- one French, one Algerian, and one French national of Algerian descent -- Sebbar takes readers on a journey of discovery and comprehension. Mildred Mortimer's impressive translation conveys the power of Sebbar's words in English and allows English-speaking readers an opportunity to understand the complex relationship between past and present, metropole and colony, immigrant and citizen, that lies at the heart of this acclaimed novel.
En mars 1957, la presse annonce la mort d'un " petit avocat musulman " : " Qui a tué Maître Boumendjel ? " titre France Observateur. On s'interroge sur un faux suicide. Mais que faisait donc ce " modéré " entre les mains des " paras "? Pourquoi a-t-il été assassiné, comme le reconnaîtra le général Aussaresses dans ses mémoires en 2001 ? L'homme était un militant de l'Union démocratique du Manifeste algérien (UDMA), l'organisation de Ferhat Abbas. Son parti, perçu comme modéré, bourgeois, francophone et intellectuel a été gommé de l'histoire officielle algérienne et largement ignoré par les historiographies française et algérienne. Au moment de son arrestation, Boumendjel faisait le lien entre la direction de l'UDMA et la direction algéroise du FLN. Il conjuguait alors, comme il l'avait toujours fait sans complexe, la culture française avec un nationalisme algérien, républicain et démocratique. Il y a plusieurs histoires dans cette histoire : une histoire française et une histoire algérienne, celle d'une affaire qui a secoué les intellectuels français, et l'histoire d'un héros et d'un martyr. L'une et l'autre éclairent d'une lumière nouvelle les récits existants. Au mépris qu'Aussaresses exprime à l'encontre de cet intellectuel, aux abracadabrantes explications qu'il donne de son arrestation, il est nécessaire d'opposer un travail d'historien. A l'histoire officielle algérienne, qui tente d'intégrer Ali Boumendjel parmi ses martyrs en schématisant son parcours, il importe d'opposer la richesse d'une biographie familiale, la complexité d'un engagement politique nuancé et d'un idéal à la fois algérien et républicain, partagé par nombre de nationalistes d'alors, et susceptible de trouver aujourd'hui un écho de l'autre côté de la Méditerranée.
The French Resistance
Author: Olivier Wieviorka
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Olivier Wieviorka’s history of the French Resistance debunks lingering myths and offers fresh insight into social, political, and military aspects of its operation. He reveals not one but many interlocking homegrown groups often at odds over goals, methods, and leadership. Yet, despite a lack of unity, these fighters braved Nazism without blinking.
Author: Roger Trinquier
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Includes "Who's who in the Middle East and North Africa."
Author: Henri Alleg
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Critical analysis of the historic anti-Semitism of France through the lens of Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy.
A Diplomatic Revolution
Author: Matthew Connelly
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Algeria sits at the crossroads of the Atlantic, European, Arab, and African worlds. Yet, unlike the wars in Korea and Vietnam, Algeria's fight for independence has rarely been viewed as an international conflict. Even forty years later, it is remembered as the scene of a national drama that culminated with Charles de Gaulle's decision to "grant" Algerians their independence despite assassination attempts, mutinies, and settler insurrection. Yet, as Matthew Connelly demonstrates, the war the Algerians fought occupied a world stage, one in which the U.S. and the USSR, Israel and Egypt, Great Britain, Germany, and China all played key roles. Recognizing the futility of confronting France in a purely military struggle, the Front de Lib?ration Nationale instead sought to exploit the Cold War competition and regional rivalries, the spread of mass communications and emigrant communities, and the proliferation of international and non-governmental organizations. By harnessing the forces of nascent globalization they divided France internally and isolated it from the world community. And, by winning rights and recognition as Algeria's legitimate rulers without actually liberating the national territory, they rewrote the rules of international relations. Based on research spanning three continents and including, for the first time, the rebels' own archives, this study offers a landmark reevaluation of one of the great anti-colonial struggles as well as a model of the new international history. It will appeal to historians of post-colonial studies, twentieth-century diplomacy, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. A Diplomatic Revolution was winner of the 2003 Stuart L. Bernath Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Akira Iriye International History Book Award, The Foundation for Pacific Quest.