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De Gaulle and Algeria, 1940-1960 : ; from Mers el-Kébir to the Algiers barracades

Kettle, Michael

ISBN 10: 0704370239 / ISBN 13: 9780704370234
Published by Quartet, London, 1993
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Large ocatavo in green DJ; xv, 666 p, [32] p of b&w plates, maps, portraits, index; 25 cm. Algeria -- History -- Revolution, 1954-1962. Near fine-plus in near fine-plus DJ with tiny nick to rear DJ panel and very small resulting scratch to rear board ; else new. Bookseller Inventory # 30001

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Title: De Gaulle and Algeria, 1940-1960 : ; from ...

Publisher: Quartet, London

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition (stated).

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The Algerian conflict lasted from 1954 to 1962, and was one of the bloodiest colonial wars of the time. The Arab population was decimated. Many forces were at play: the French Army's defeat in 1940, and then in Indochina, and its determination not to lose again; the rivalry between Arab and Karbyle; the discovery of oil in the Sahara; and, above all, the fact that Algeria had long been an integral part of metropolitan France. The greatest danger was that more power was handed over to the French Army, a French Franco might suddenly arrive in Paris, and civil war break out in France-and this at the very heart of NATO. By 1957, there was scracely a family in France not personally caught up in this savage conflict. The entire nation was convulsed.

Michael Kettle kept a detailed diary as he travelled around the country, even taking in the Saharan oilfields, and this provides one of the sources for his fascinating book. He has also used the voluminous papers of the British Embassy in Paris and of the Consulate-General in Algiers.

The book ends with Barricades Week 1960 (during which the author was in Algiers), since at that point, the author contends, de Gualle's strategy came to an abrupt end; he could no longer trust his own army.

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Savage War of Peace, Alistair Horne's masterpiece of the Algerian conflict, combined the historian's sense of detail and context with the journalist's grasp of irony and human tragedy. Kettle's massive effort doesn't quite rise to those heights, but it is still a fine work of historical research. Kettle provides ample analyses of long-neglected areas of the conflict, such as Berber-Arab antagonism within the Muslim population. Unlike many of his predecessors, Kettle doesn't shrink from attacking the Front of National Liberation (FLN), as well as the French, for their readiness, even eagerness, to target the civilian population. At the center of the struggle is de Gaulle, torn between the unreasonable demands of French settlers and his own intuitive understanding that Algeria could not remain French indefinitely. Both left- and right-wingers will probably find much to quarrel with here, which is the best tribute to Kettle's thoroughness and objectivity. This work is best suited for readers with at least a rudimentary knowledge of post-World War II European history. Jay Freeman

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