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Collective memory : France and the Algerian war (1954-1962)

Author: Jo McCormack
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, ©2007.
Series: After the empire.
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"Collective Memory examines the difficult transmission of memory in France of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Emphasizing the current lack of transmission of memories of this war through a detailed case study of three crucial vectors of memory - the teaching of school history, coverage in the media, and discussion in the family - author Jo McCormack argues that lack of transmission of memories is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jo McCormack
ISBN: 9780739109212 0739109219
OCLC Number: 123912603
Description: xiii, 221 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
List of abbreviations and acronyms --
Brief chronology of the Algerian war --
Introduction --
The Algerian war : between memory and history --
Critical literature and recent developments --
Pedagogy : imagining the French nation --
The family : discussing the war years --
Personal and family stories --
The media : reporting the war forty years on --
Conclusion --
Teaching, reporting, and discussing the Algerian war in contemporary France.
Series Title: After the empire.
Responsibility: Jo McCormack.
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"Collective Memory examines the difficult transmission of memory in France of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Emphasizing the current lack of transmission of memories of this war through a detailed case study of three crucial vectors of memory - the teaching of school history, coverage in the media, and discussion in the family - author Jo McCormack argues that lack of transmission of memories is feeding into contemporary racism and exclusion in France. Collective Memory draws extensively on interviews with historians, teachers, and pupils, as well as on secondary sources and media analysis, McCormack proposes that a greater "work of memory" needs to be undertaken if France is to overcome the division in French society that stems from the war. There has been little reconciliation of divisive group memories, a situation that leaves many individuals without a voice on this important subject. "Memory battles" dominate discussion of the topic as many issues periodically flare up and cannot yet be overcome."--Jacket.

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This pioneering study is a welcome addition to the scientific literature of the Algerian War. Drawing on original empirical and archival research, it casts new light on the single most traumatic Read more...

 
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