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Author Hannoum, Abdelmajid, 1960-

Title Violent modernity : France in Algeria / Abdelmajid Hannoum

Publ Info Cambridge, Mass. : Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University Press, [2010]
 PC  DT283.6.F7 H36 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DT283.6.F7 H36 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 257 pages ; 21 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
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Series Harvard Middle Eastern monographs ; 42
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-248) and index
In Violent Modernity: France in Algeria, Abdelmajid Hannoum examines the advent of political modernity in Algeria and shows how colonial modernity was not only a project imposed by violence, but also a violent project in and of itself, involving massive destruction and significant transformation of the population of Algeria. The author analyzes the relation between culture and events and demonstrates how the culture of violent modernity was generative of violent events, the most notorious and tragic of which were the spectacular mass killings of the 1990's, usually referred to as "the Algerian civil war." This, the author argues, cannot be explained without an understanding of colonial modernity. --
"It is truly a masterpiece in many ways. It certainly is the first (to my knowledge) to make sense of the colonial archives in such a way as to explain the horrific violence that Algeria has experienced in past decades. It is beautifully written-clear, astute, and narratively engaging."-Deborah Kapchan, New York University --Book Jacket
LC subject French -- Algeria -- History
French -- Algeria -- Politics and government
Algeria -- Colonization
Algeria -- Politics and government
Algeria -- Foreign relations -- France
France -- Colonies -- Africa -- Administration
France -- Foreign relations -- Algeria
France -- Politics and government
ISBN 9780674053281