The Algerian War and the French Army, 1954–62

Experiences, Images, Testimonies

  • Martin S. Alexander
  • Martin Evans
  • J. F. V. Keiger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The ‘War without a Name’, the French Army and the Algerians: Recovering Experiences, Images and Testimonies

  3. Experiences

  4. Images

  5. Witness Testimonies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Martin S. Alexander, Martin Evans, J. F. V. Keiger
      Pages 225-242
    3. Martin S. Alexander, Martin Evans, J. F. V. Keiger
      Pages 243-260

About this book


The Algerian War 1954-62 was one of the most prolonged and violent examples of decolonization. At times horribly savage, it was an undeclared war in the sense that no formal declaration of hostilities was ever made. Bringing to an end one hundred and thirty two years of French rule, the Algerian struggle caused the fall of six French prime ministers, the collapse of the Fourth Republic and expulsion of one million French settlers. This volume, bringing together leading experts in the field, focuses on one of the key actors in the drama - the French army. They show that the Algerian War was just as much about conflicts of ideas, beliefs and loyalties as it was about simple military operations. In this way, the collection goes beyond polemic and recrimination to explore the many and varied nuances of what was one of the historically most important of the grand style colonial wars.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Martin S. Alexander
    • 1
  • Martin Evans
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. F. V. Keiger
    • 4
  1. 1.University of WalesAberystwythUK
  2. 2.University of PortsmouthUK
  3. 3.Centre for European Studies Research (CESR)UK
  4. 4.University of SalfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41638-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50095-2