Lecture 21 - Vietnam and Algeria

author: John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: March 18, 2011,   recorded: November 2007,   views: 4666
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France's colonial territories were of very high importance after the embarrassment of occupation during World War II. Algeria, in particular, was a complicated case because it involved large numbers of French settlers, the pieds-noirs. Despite international support for Algerian independence, right-wing factions in the military and among the colonizers remained committed to staying the course. After Charles de Gaulle presided over French withdrawal, the cause of the pieds-noirs has remained divisive in French political life, particularly on the right.

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Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 226-306.

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