A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics)

A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics)

Alistair Horne


The Algerian warfare lasted from 1954 to 1962. It introduced down six French governments, ended in the cave in of the Fourth Republic, lower back de Gaulle to strength, and got here with reference to scary a civil conflict on French soil. greater than one million Muslim Algerians died within the clash and as many ecu settlers have been pushed into exile. notably, the conflict used to be marked through an unholy marriage of innovative terror and repressive torture.

Nearly a part century has handed considering the fact that this savagely fought warfare led to Algeria’s independence, and yet—as Alistair Horne argues in his new preface to his now-classic paintings of history—its repercussions remain felt not just in Algeria and France, yet through the global. certainly from today’s vantage element the Algerian warfare seems like a full-dress practice session for one of these amorphous fight that convulsed the Balkans within the Nineteen Nineties and that now ravages the center East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles within which questions of faith, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism tackle a brand new and more and more deadly intensity.

A Savage battle of Peace is the definitive heritage of the Algerian battle, a ebook that brings that negative and complex fight to existence with intelligence, insurance, and unflagging momentum. it really is crucial studying for our personal violent occasions in addition to a long-lasting monument to the historian’s paintings.

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