By Benjamin Claude Brower,Benjamin Brower
In the mid-nineteenth century, French colonial leaders in Algeria began southward into the Sahara, starting a fifty-year interval of violence. mendacity within the shadow of the colonization of northern Algeria, which claimed the lives of over one million humans, French empire within the Sahara sought energy via actual strength because it had in other places; but violence within the Algerian Sahara a extra complex good judgment than the outdated argument that it was once easily the way to get empire at the cheap.
A wilderness Named Peace examines colonial violence via a number of tales and throughout numerous fields of study. It provides 4 circumstances: the army conquests of the French military within the oases and officials' predisposition to exploit severe violence in colonial conflicts; a spontaneous evening assault made by way of Algerian pastoralists on a French village, as outstanding for its brutality as for its vague motives; the violence of indigenous sorts of slavery and the colonial lodgings that preserved it in the course of the period of abolition; and the struggles of French Romantics whose debates approximately paintings and politics arrived from Paris with disastrous consequences.
Benjamin Claude Brower makes use of those varied views to bare the unforeseen factors of colonial violence, equivalent to France's bothered innovative prior and its effect at the military's institutional tradition, the aesthetics of the elegant and its effect on colonial considering, the ecological crises suffered by way of Saharan pastoralists less than colonial rule, and the conflicting paths to authority inherent in Algerian Sufism. at once attractive a arguable heritage, A wilderness Named Peace deals a massive backdrop to realizing the Algerian conflict for independence (1954-1962) and Algeria's ongoing inner conflict, all started in 1992, among the govt and armed teams that declare to struggle for an Islamist revolution.
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A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902 (History and Society of the Modern Middle East) by Benjamin Claude Brower,Benjamin Brower