The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle 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 repressive torture.
Nearly a half century has passed since this savagely fought war ended in Algeria’s independence, and yet—as Alistair Horne argues in his new preface to his now-classic work of history—its repercussions continue to be felt not only in Algeria and France, but throughout the world. Indeed from today’s vantage point the Algerian War looks like 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 questions of religion, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism take on a new and increasingly lethal intensity.
A Savage War of Peace is the deﬁnitive history of the Algerian War, a book that brings that terrible and complicated struggle to life with intelligence, assurance, and unflagging momentum. It is essential reading for our own violent times as well as a lasting monument to the historian’s art.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Illustrations Map of Algeria Map of ALgiers Preface
PART ONE: Prelude 1830-1954 "A Town of Great Interest" "Ici, c'est la France" In the Middle of the Ford
PART TWO: The War 1954-1958 All Saint's Day, 1954 The Sorcerer's Cauldron The FLN: From Bandung to Soummam The Second Fronts of Guy Mollett "Why We Must Win" The Battle of Algiers Lost Round for the FLN The World Takes Notice Le Dernier Quart d'Heure
PART THREE: The Hardest of ALl Victories 1958-1962 A Kind Resurrection "Je Vous Ai Compris" The FLN Holds Its Breath Neither the Djebel nor the Night "Aux Barricades!" "This Prince of Ambiguity" Revolution in the Revolution De Gaulle Caught in the Draught The Generals' Putsch Pvertures for Peace The Suitcase or the Coffin Exodus The Page is Turned
Afterword Colonel Godard's Organogram Political and Military Abbreviations Chronology Bibliography Reference Notes Clossary Index...Continua Nascondi