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From Empire to Exile: History and Memory Within the Pied-Noir and Harki Communities, 1962-2012

Claire Eldridge

Abstract

French rule in Algeria ended in 1962 following almost eight years of intensely violent conflict, producing one of the largest migratory waves of the post-1945 era. Almost a million French settlers - pieds-noirs - and tens of thousands of harkis - native auxiliaries who had fought with the French army - felt compelled to leave their homeland and cross the Mediterranean to France. Tracing the history of these two communities, From Empire to Exile explores the legacies of the Algerian War of Independence in France. It uses the long-standing grassroots collective mobilisation and memory activism u ... More

Keywords: France, Algeria, pieds-noirs, harkis, memory, memory wars, migration, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087233
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087233.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Eldridge, author
University of Leeds

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Part I The Era of ‘Absence’, 1962–91

Emergence, 1962–75

Consolidation, 1975–91

Part II The ‘Return’ of the War of Independence, 1991–2012

Acceleration, 1991–2005

Memory wars, 1999–2012