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French colonial fascism : the extreme right in Algeria, 1919-1939 /
Samuel Kalman.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, c2013
description
ix, 286 p.
ISBN
1137307080 (alk. paper), 9781137307088 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, c2013
isbn
1137307080 (alk. paper)
9781137307088 (alk. paper)
contents note
The Action française, Jeunesses patriotes, Unions latines, and the birth of latinité (1919-1931) -- The Algerian extreme right, the Great Depression, and the birth of Muslim nationalism: the Croix de Feu and the Front paysan, 1928-1935 -- An algérianiste insurrection: the Rassemblement national and Amitiés latines, 1936-1938 -- The transformation of metropolitan strategy into colonial practice: the Parti populaire français and the Parti social français.
catalogue key
9094450
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'Samuel Kalman's French Colonial Fascism is an exceptionally well researched and very judicious account of the extreme Right in inter-war Algeria. It makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate on French fascism in the last two decades of the Third Republic and goes a long way to helping our understanding of the Algerian tragedy in the 1950s.' - William D. Irvine, Professor, Department of History, York University, Canada 'The first in-depth study of ultra-rightist groups in interwar Algeria, French Colonial Fascism is an unsettling but gripping read. Exploring the connections between settlers' attachment to a racialized view of Algerian social relations and the growing appeal of ultra-rightist ideology after World War One, Sam Kalman has produced a work of real originality, the first exploration of the warped moral economies of settler fascism.' - Martin Thomas, Professor of European Imperial History, University of Exeter, UK 'Frontier communities that feel threatened are prone to nationalist and racist extremism. The European settlers in Algeria formed a particularly virulent case. Samuel Kalman's French Colonial Fascism explores compellingly their actions and doctrines between the two world wars as they strove to exclude Jews, to keep Muslims subjugated, and to loosen the control of metropolitan French authorities that seemed to them too soft.' - Robert O. Paxton, Professor of History emeritus, Columbia University, USA 'A well-researched, fluidly written, contribution to our understanding of inter-war settler politics in Algeria. This work is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of different forms of fascism and in French inter-war colonialism.' - Patricia M. E. Lorcin, Professor of History, University of Minnesota, USA, and author of Historicizing Colonial Nostalgia 'Written beautifully and meticulously studied, Samuel Kalman's book exposes the specific fascist ideology of European settlers in Algeria. Anyone who is interested in the history of the French settlers in Algeria specifically and colonial relations in general will find this book fascinating and deeply enriching.' - Ruth Ginio, Department of History, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
'The first in-depth study of ultra-rightist groups in interwar Algeria, French Colonial Fascism is an unsettling, but gripping read. Sam Kalman unravels three related phenomena essential to the understanding of settler politics in Algeria's coastal cities. One is the relatedness between settlers'attachment to a racialized view of Algerian social relations and the growing appeal of ultra-rightist ideology after World War I. Another is the impact of rapid demographic growth, protracted economic crisis, and deepening political polarization in metropolitan France on municipal politics in Algeria. Finally, Kalman explains the entrenchment of political violence and racist rhetoric in Algerian urban politics, not merely as reflections of events in France but, more uniquely, as a logical result of settler colonialism. The result is a work of real originality, the first exploration of the warped moral economies of settler fascism.' - Martin Thomas, Professor, Department of History, University of Exeter, UK
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This study investigates the various extreme-rightist leagues in Algeria, with particular attention to certain key themes, among them the rabid xenophobia directed at the Jewish population and local Muslims. It demonstrates that fascism helped to construct a racial hierarchy to preserve European hegemony and a pool of cheap labour.
Long Description
Alarmed by a growing Muslim population and a reputedly weak imperial administration, European settlers in Algeria in the early twentieth century increasingly turned to fascism in order to seize power and create an authoritarian regime. This study investigates the extreme-rightist leagues that arose in this context, with particular attention to the rabid xenophobia directed at local Jews and Muslims, who were derisively branded 'indignes' and cast as anti-colonial and left-wing actors. In their attempts to preserve European hegemony and a subjugated pool of unskilled labor, these groups helped to cement a clear racial hierarchy and definitively shaped Algeria's colonial history.
Long Description
Threatened by the increasing demographic growth of the Muslim population and the supposed weakness of the French imperial administration in the first part of the twentieth century, European settlers in Algeria increasingly turned to fascist organizations, attempting to seize power and institute an authoritarian regime. This study investigates the political culture of various metropolitan and colonial extreme-rightist leagues in Algeria, with particular attention to certain key themes, among them the rabid xenophobia directed at the Jewish population and local Muslims - derisively termed "indigènes" and perceived to be agents of anti-colonial and left-wing political movements. As author Samuel Kalman demonstrates, Algerian fascism facilitated the construction of a defined racial hierarchy in an attempt to preserve both European hegemony and the presence of a substantial pool of unskilled and underpaid labor.
Main Description
Alarmed by a growing Muslim population and a reputedly weak imperial administration, European settlers in Algeria in the early twentieth century increasingly turned to fascism in order to seize power and create an authoritarian regime. This study investigates the extreme-rightist leagues that arose in this context, with particular attention to the rabid xenophobia directed at local Jews and Muslims, who were derisively branded ' indigènes ' and cast as anti-colonial and left-wing actors. In their attempts to preserve European hegemony and a subjugated pool of unskilled labor, these groups helped to cement a clear racial hierarchy and definitively shaped Algeria's colonial history.

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