9780801474545-080147454X-The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France

The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France

ISBN-13: 9780801474545
ISBN-10: 080147454X
Author: Shepard, Todd
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 304 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780801474545
ISBN-10: 080147454X
Author: Shepard, Todd
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 304 pages

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Acknowledged authors Shepard, Todd wrote The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France comprising 304 pages back in 2008. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 080147454X and 9780801474545. Since then The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In this account of the Algerian War's effect on French political structures and notions of national identity, Todd Shepard asserts that the separation of Algeria from France was truly a revolutionary event with lasting consequences for French social and political life.

For more than a century, Algeria had been legally and administratively part of France; after the bloody war that concluded in 1962, it was other―its eight million Algerian residents deprived of French citizenship while hundreds of thousands of French pieds noirs were forced to return to a country that was never home. This rupture violated the universalism that had been the essence of French republican theory since the late eighteenth century. Shepard contends that because the amputation of Algeria from the French body politic was accomplished illegally and without explanation, its repercussions are responsible for many of the racial and religious tensions that confront France today.

In portraying decolonization as an essential step in the inexorable "tide of history," the French state absolved itself of responsibility for the revolutionary change it was effecting. It thereby turned its back not only on the French of Algeria―Muslims in particular―but also on its own republican principles and the 1958 Constitution. From that point onward, debates over assimilation, identity, and citizenship―once focused on the Algerian "province/colony"―have troubled France itself. In addition to grappling with questions of race, citizenship, national identity, state institutions, and political debate, Shepard also addresses debates in Jewish history, gender history, and queer theory.

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