The French Intifada

The French Intifada

The Long War Between France and Its Arabs

Book - 2014 | First American edition, 2014.
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"A provocative rethinking of France's long relationship with the Arab world. To fully understand both the social and political pressures wracking contemporary France--and, indeed, all of Europe--as well as major events from the Arab Spring to the tensions in Mali, Andrew Hussey believes that we have to look beyond the confines of domestic horizons. As much as unemployment, economic stagnation, and social deprivation exacerbate the ongoing turmoil in the banlieues, the root of the problem lies elsewhere: in the continuing fallout from Europe's colonial era. Combining a fascinating and compulsively readable mix of history, literature, and politics with his years of personal experience visiting the banlieues and countries across the Arab world, especially Algeria, Hussey attempts to make sense of the present situation. In the course of teasing out the myriad interconnections between past and present in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Beirut, and Western Europe, The French Intifada shows that the defining conflict of the twenty-first century will not be between Islam and the West but between two dramatically different experiences of the world--the colonizers and the colonized"--
Publisher: New York : Faber & Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition: First American edition, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780865479210
Branch Call Number: 961.04 HUSSE
Characteristics: x, 441 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm


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Jan 06, 2015

Perhaps the best account of the historic relation between France and the countries and peoples of the Middle East and Maghreb available in English. A perspective and nuanced judgment sadly lacking in most English-language comment on the area. A succinct account of the 'roots' of anger - particularly of the young. The strongest part of the book is the lengthy description and analysis of the history of France's dealings with Algeria. Fortement recommandé.

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