Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics During the Decolonization of Algeria

Front Cover
U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - History - 429 pages
0 Reviews
Uncivil War is a provocative study of the intellectuals who confronted the loss of France?s most prized overseas possession: colonial Algeria. Tracing the intellectual history of one of the most violent and pivotal wars of European decolonization, James D. Le Sueur illustrates how key figures such as Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Germaine Tillion, Jacques Soustelle, Raymond Aron, Claude Lävi-Strauss, Albert Memmi, Frantz Fanon, Mouloud Feraoun, Jean Amrouche, and Pierre Bourdieu agonized over the ?Algerian question.? As Le Sueur argues, these individuals and others forged new notions of the nation and nationalism, giving rise to a politics of identity that continues to influence debate around the world. This edition features an important new chapter on the intellectual responses to the recent torture debates in France, the civil war in Algeria, and terrorism since September 11.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Chapter One

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

James D. Le Sueur is an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the editor of Mouloud Feraoun's Journal, 1955-1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War (available in a Bison Books edition) and The Decolonization Reader and The Decolonization Sourcebook. He contributed new material to Ben Abro?s Assassination! July 14 and Henri Alleg?s The Question, both available in Bison Books editions.

Bibliographic information