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  • Taschenbuch: 494 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press, Usa (22. März 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0199669031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199669035
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 3,8 x 15,2 cm
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Martin Evans is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Portsmouth. He is the author of Memory of Resistance: French Opposition to the Algerian War, co-author with Emmanuel Godin of France 1815 to 2003, and co-author with John Phillips of Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed. In 2008 Memory of Resistance was translated into French and serialised in the Algerian press. He has written for the Independent, the Times Higher Education Supplement, BBC History Magazine, and the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to History Today. In 2007-08 he was a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow at the British Academy.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von M. Schweiger am 19. September 2012
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In 1830 France invaded Algeria using the infamous ,flywhisk incident` as a pretext - not to leave before 1962.

Martin Evans provides a highly detailed chronicle of French occupation, land grab and oppression leading to Algerian opposition, the founding of the FLN (Front de Liberation Nationale) culminating in France's `undeclared war' (1945 - 1959) against Algeria. Incredible atrocities were committed in a highly organized manner by both the French (torture, executions, rape) and the FLN (terrorism) until Algeria reached its independence in 1962 - thanks to a policy pursued by Charles de Gaulle.

Martin Evans thoroughly covers all aspects of the conflict: the (European) French politicians side (and their cover-up of war crimes committed by French troops), the European settlers' side, the FLN side and its struggle against rival groups, the OAS (counter-terrorist) group, the fissures running through the French army (leading to the 1961 putsch), the reaction of the international community and the UNO, the French public, French and Algerian intelligentsia, the Algerian Jews.

Martin Evans is a great impartial chronicler of events in Algeria. Many facts unveiled managed to surprise me quite a bit.
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Excellent book 15. Februar 2012
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I am born in 1960 in the Paris area and my parents had lived in Algeria shortly before my birth. A lot of people around me have had something to do with Algeria, two of my high school friends were from repatriated - ex settlers - families. One of my college friend too. My father in law was a soldier in Algeria. Also when I spent a month doing an internship on a farm in Aveyron in the South of France I met men who had fought in Algeria. So Algeria was present in the life of many people whom I know, but what had happened there, why the French had settled Algeria, and how the independence movement in Algeria developed was not clear at all for me.
This book is extremely well written and gives a clear perspective on Algeria since the time of the colonization. There is something to learn in this book, maybe the Israel/Palestine problem is similar to France/Algeria - with the added problem that some Palestinians want also the pre-1967 Israel territory.
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The benefits of the "long view" 10. Januar 2013
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Evans' book provides an excellent history of French Algeria, from the initial invasion in 1830 through to its end in the "undeclared war" of 1954-62, with a "where are they now" coda briefly summarizing developments following the declaration of independence. The initial section of the book outlines how the French conquest unfolded, the French settler community evolved (and seized all their privileges against the Muslim majority), and the Muslim majority moved towards a more explicit concept of Algeria as a country and Algerian nationalism as a cause. It effectively sets the stage for the struggle to come, making clear the strong forces arrayed against any chance of reconciling the two communities. It's an excellent backgrounder, with much content that I hadn't seen elsewhere.

Evans' summary of the "war" period covers the developments in Algeria and in France, but places heavy emphasis on the role of French policymakers and politicians in seeking to craft a "third way" based precisely on such a reconciliation - while the FLN's own development and its campaigns inside Algeria are covered, Evans treats these in more summary form. Similarly, when de Gaulle is returned to power in 1958, Evans then focuses on the evolution of de Gaulle's own thinking, and how de Gaulle's initial continuity with the "third way" strategy of prior governments moved towards a successive abandonment of each of the constituent parts of that strategy as the irreconcilable nature of the conflict steadily became more clear. On the FLN side, the increasing dominance of the military faction is described, setting the stage for what happens upon Algerian independence (as the military faction seizes power) and what has shaped the country ever since. Evans has had the benefit of the longer view that the half-century that has passed since the end of the conflict provides, which enables him to provide more clarity about its roots and its consequences.

Evans' book provides a good complement to Alistair Horne's A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics), and it's worth reading both books. Horne (writing only a decade or so after the conflict ended) provides much greater detail about the events of 1954-62 (he's much more specific about the events of the Battle of Algiers, for example, and about the OAS campaigns in the early-1960's as a "last ditch," and extremely bloody, effort to prevent the French-Algerian agreement for independence to go into effect). Evans deals with these events in more summary fashion, but is better on the overall context and the political developments in France. If you only have time for one, Evans will give you a better perspective, Horne a more exciting read.
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Best book ever on the Algerian war 31. Januar 2013
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I served as a paratrooper during the five most violent years of the Algerian war, only leaving for France a few week before Algerian independence in 1962. I have therefore always taken great interest in everything published on that conflict in several languages, including Alistair Horne's excellent 'A Savage War of Peace', which is also worth 5 stars. But this book is just that much better, and I would actually have given it 6 stars if I could. It brings the whole conflict beautifully into context and does not shy away from describing some of the worst atrocities conducted by both sides. This book should be required reading in all officers' academies everywhere, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it for all politicians as well. Then perhaps there could, just perhaps, be fewer instances of those mistakes and unnecessary atrocities that were inflicted on combatants and civilians alike during the Algerian war. But I must confess that I don't expect to see that happening during my lifetime, judging by what has been going on in the various conflicts around the world lately.
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Fairly good read 18. Mai 2014
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Let me say first of all I was disappointed. Although I understood this was not strictly a military history of the war in Algeria, the book could have been much better if there had been at least more than just passing references to the military aspects of the struggle.
There was practically no mention of (Military tactics), the role of the Foreign Legion, Paratroops, air power, uniforms, weapons, etc. No
focus on the life of the average FLN combatant living in the bled. In addition, the author comes across as at least marginally sympathetic to the FLN. Now, if your looking for a "political" history of the Algerian War, the book is superlative. Having said all this, I would still recommend this book, especially to readers who are not familiar with this page of history, and more especially since there is such a dearth of literature in English on this subject (As with the Indochina War).
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An Excellent Read And It's Not A Choice Of Horne Or Evans, But Which One First. 2. November 2013
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An excellent book and contrary to some reviews, it was not an issue of which, Horne or Evans, has given us the best account of the Algerian conflict 1954-62, but more about how Evans has given us an excellent piece of research which compliments Horne's original writing.
Evan's book gives us a more detailed account from the FLN's perspective and while this has been possible because time has given Evans access to materials which were not available to Horne, my criticism of Horne is that he has not corrected some of the mistakes in his book - the murder of Ben M hidi at the hands of Capt Paul Aussaresses for example, which Aussaresses openly admits in his own book 'The Battle For The Casbah' - and that Horne saw the conflict more from a military perspective, rather than the social and political revolution that it was.
Evans makes none of the above mistakes and relegates the military campaign to the political one fought in France and elsewhere. His detailing of the main participants on all sides (nobody comes out as a particularly nice character) has none of Horne's sentimentality for the call to arms and the dirtiest of the 20th Century's colonial war appears more visual and realistic than the parachutist's romp of Horne's account.
Again, it is not an issue of Horne or Evans, it's an issue of which one first? On this point I would start with Horne, he is a far better writer than Evans, whose staid historian style and obsession for detail can be a bit wearing at time. However an understanding of the Algerian wars 1954-62 from an Anglo-Saxon perspective would be incomplete without reading both.
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