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By Alistair Horne

The Algerian warfare lasted from 1954 to 1962. It introduced down six French governments, resulted in the cave in of the Fourth Republic, back de Gaulle to energy, and got here as regards to frightening a civil conflict on French soil. greater than one million Muslim Algerians died within the clash and as many eu settlers have been pushed into exile. particularly, the conflict used to be marked by means of an unholy marriage of progressive terror and repressive torture.

Nearly a part century has handed due to the fact that this savagely fought conflict led to Algeria’s independence, and yet—as Alistair Horne argues in his new preface to his now-classic paintings of history—its repercussions stay felt not just in Algeria and France, yet in the course of the global. certainly from today’s vantage aspect the Algerian struggle seems like a full-dress practice session for this type of amorphous fight that convulsed the Balkans within the Nineties and that now ravages the center East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles within which questions of faith, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism tackle a brand new and more and more deadly intensity.

A Savage battle of Peace is the definitive historical past of the Algerian warfare, a ebook that brings that negative and complex fight to existence with intelligence, coverage, and unflagging momentum. it's crucial studying for our personal violent occasions in addition to a long-lasting monument to the historian’s artwork.

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