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A Savage War Of Peace (Main)

By: Horne, Alistair

1590172183 / 9781590172186
Paperback / softback
10/10/2006
Stock expected by 21/04/2021
United States
135 x 203 mm, 685 grams 624 pages
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The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused the fall of six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil.

More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers were driven into exile.

Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror and state torture.

The conflict made headlines around the world, and at the time it seemed like a French affair.

From the perspective of half a century, however, this brutal and intractable conflict looks less like the last colonial war than the first postmodern one-a full-dress rehearsal for the sort of amorphous struggle that convulsed the Balkans in the 1990s and that now ravages the Middle East, from Beirut to Baghdad, struggles in which religion, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism assume previously unimagined degrees of intensity. Originally published in 1977, Alistair Horne's A Savage War of Peace was immediately proclaimed by experts of varied political sympathies to be the definitive history of the Algerian War, a book that not only does justice to its Byzantine intricacies, but that does so with intelligence, assurance, and unflagging momentum.

It is not only essential reading for anyone who wishes to investigate this dark stretch of history, but a lasting monument of the historian's art.

BIC:

1HBA Algeria, 3JJPG c 1945 to c 1960, HBJH African history, HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, HBW Military history, JWL War & defence operations

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