The Role of Algeria in Debates over Post-War Europe within the French Resistance

Brunet, Luc-Andre (2018). The Role of Algeria in Debates over Post-War Europe within the French Resistance. In: Davis, Muriam Haleh and Serres, Thomas eds. North Africa and the Making of Europe: Governance, Institutions and Culture. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 23–42.

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Abstract

Following the Allied landings in Algeria in November 1942, that country hosted the main organisations of the French external resistance, culminating in the creation of the French Committee of National Liberation (Comité français de Libération nationale, CFLN) in June 1943. Between November 1942 and the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944, the question of what policies France should pursue in the post-war period were debated at length in North Africa. While the CFLN and Free France have been an enduringly popular topic among historians, studies of the CFLN’s policy debates rarely take into account the geographical context in which they took place. This chapter seeks to return Algeria to the narrative of these debates by demonstrating how the implementation of certain policies in Algeria provided valuable lessons for the CFLN as they developed comparable measures for metropolitan France and ultimately for Europe.

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