New research story: Wars of Memory by Claire Eldridge

Wars of Memory by Claire Eldridge

In July 1962, French empire in Algeria came to an end following one of the most violent and iconic wars of decolonisation. That summer, while Algerians celebrated their independence, almost one million inhabitants of the former colony felt compelled to leave their homeland and make their way across the Mediterranean to France. This vast migratory wave contained a diverse array of religions and ethnicities, including the predominantly Catholic European settlers, or pieds-noirs, more than 100,000 Algerian Jews, as well as tens of thousands of Muslim Algerians who had served the colonial power in some capacity, most notably the harkis who had been enrolled in the French army as auxiliaries during War of Independence (1954-62). Read more…

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