The Algerian War and its Aftermath
Algeria and the Intellectuals

Background Reading:
Popkin, Modern France, pp. 285-292.

Adam Shatz, "The Torture of Algiers," New York Review of Books (2002), on-line.
Jean-Paul Sartre, preface to Franz Fanon,Wretched of the Earth (1961), on-line.

Recommended Viewing:
Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (1965)--a work of fiction, this film nonetheless gives an extremely vivid sense of the fighting for Algiers. The trailer is available on-line, as is the script.
See also the discussion of Rachid Bouchareb's Les Indigènes [literally, The Natives, though the English version is called Days of Glory] (2006).

Further Reading:
Paul Aussaresses, The Battle of the Casbah. Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism trans. Robert L. Miller (2002)--in this book and several famous interviews (including one on 60 Minutes), General Aussaresses defended the French use of torture in Algeria.
David Carroll, Albert Camus, the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice (2007).
Matthew Connelly, A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post Cold-War Era (2002).
James LeSueur, Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics during the decolonization of Algeria (2001).
Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization (2006).
Benjamin Stora, Algeria, 1830-2000 : A Short History (2001).

Course Handout
Regimes at a Glance
"How to Write" French history links

Of interest on-line

even if you don't understand French, you should watch at least some of this newsreel footage

Obituary (by Julian Jackson)

Being and Nothingness
extract from Sartre's Being and Nothingness






  (c) Rebecca Spang 2007