Paris 1961 [electronic resource] : Algerians, state terror, and memory /
Jim House and Neil MacMaster.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
xi, 375 p. : ill.
0199247250 (Cloth)
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
0199247250 (Cloth)
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-11-01:
House (Univ. of Leeds, UK) and MacMaster (Univ. of East Anglia, UK) focus on the events of October 17, 1961, in Paris as a departure point to dissect memories of the Algerian war of independence and to shed light on a dark episode of France's colonial and national past. The authors estimate over 100 peaceful demonstrators were killed, but emphasize the evidentiary problems caused in part by appropriations of the tragedy by various French groups to this day. The complexity of the picture and the limited common knowledge about it required that the authors split the book into two parts, the first describing and analyzing factors that led to the conflagration, the second seeking to extract how the event was deleted from memory until the 1980s. In so doing, they consider matters of intergenerational memory and its place in the still limited field of studies of the Algerian war. There is excellent detective work involving archival, oral, and cultural investigations. The complex nature of the event and its relationship to French society make this a challenging, albeit well written book, best suited for those with prior knowledge of French history. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, researchers/faculty collections. G. P. de Syon Albright College
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a landmark work
meticulously is the first [book on the topic] in English and certainly the most comprehensive in any language.
"There is excellent detective work involving archival, oral, and cultural investigations.... Recommended."--G.P. de Syon, CHOICE
"There is excellent detective work involving archival, oral, and cultural investigations.... Recommended."--G.P. de Syon,CHOICE
this book is a real triumph of historical scholarship: it is thoroughly researched, clearly written and methodologically innovative.
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The massacre of Algerian demonstrators by the Paris police on the night of 17 October 1961 is one of the most contested events in contemporary French history. This book provides a multi-layered investigation of the repression through a critical examination of newly opened archives, oralsources, the press and contemporary political movements and debates. The roots of violence are traced back to counter-insurgency techniques developed by the French military in North Africa and introduced into Paris to crush the independence movement among Algerian migrant workers. The study showshow and why this event was rapidly expunged from public visibility in France, but was kept alive by immigrant and militant minorities, to resurface in a dramatic form after the 1980s. Through this case-study the authors explore both the dynamics of state terror as well as the complex memorialprocesses by which these events continue to inform and shape post-colonial society.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Tablesp. viii
Abbreviationsp. ix
General Introductionp. 1
Colonial Violence and State Terror
Introduction to Part Ip. 25
Papon and the Colonial Origins of Police Violencep. 33
The FLN Counter-State and Police Repression, 1958-1961p. 61
The Police Crisis and Terror, July to 16 October 1961p. 88
The Demonstrations of 17 to 20 October 1961p. 113
The Political Crisis, 18 October to 1 December 1961p. 137
Counting the Victims and Identifying the Killersp. 161
Revisiting October and the Afterlives of Memory
Introduction to Part IIp. 183
Contesting Colonial Repression, 1945-1961p. 194
Fragmented Reactions to State Violence, September-November 1961p. 216
The Marginalization of 17 October 1961 (1961-1968)p. 242
'Underground' Memories, 1962-1979p. 265
Emergent Memories, 1980-1997?p. 288
Ever-Present Memories?p. 310
Conclusionp. 335
Guide to Research Sources and Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 361
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