Algeria and France: beyond the Franco-Algerian lens

Natalya Vince

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This chapter challenges the oft-repeated idea that Franco-Algerian relations were “exceptional” both during the period of colonial rule and after independence. Although Algeria held a distinct place within the French empire (considered three départements of France and with a large settler population), there were many connections and parallels between Algeria and other parts of the French empire – in terms of people, colonial ideas and policies, the experiences and activism of colonised peoples and intertwined chains of events. In the post-independence period, a confrontational rhetoric between the two countries has masked pragmatic collaboration. Franco-Algerian “memory wars” are often more Franco-French and Algero-Algerian than they initially seem. Moreover, rather than being locked in a suffocating embrace, Franco-Algerian relations have always existed and functioned in broader global contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History
EditorsMartin S. Shanguhyia, Toyin Falola
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1137594266
ISBN (Print)978-1137594259
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2018


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