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By sword and plow : France and the conquest of Algeria

In 1830, with France's colonial empire in ruins, Charles X ordered his army to invade Ottoman Algiers. Victory did not salvage his regime from revolution, but it began the French conquest of Algeria, which was continued and consolidated by the succeeding July Monarchy. In By Sword and Plow, Jennifer E. Sessions explains why France chose first to conquer Algeria and then to transform it into its only large-scale settler colony. Deftly reconstructing the political culture of mid-nineteenth-century France, she also sheds light on policies whose long-term consequences remain a source of social, cultural, and political tensions in France and its former colony. -- Jacket
Print Book, English, 2011
Cornell University Press, Ithaca, N.Y., 2011
xv, 365 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
9780801449758, 0801449758
Introduction : the cultural origins of French Algeria
I. By the sword
A tale of two despots : the invasion of Algeria and the Revolution of 1830
Empire of merit : the July monarchy and the Algerian war
The blood of brothers : Bonapartism and the popular culture of conquest
II. By the plow
The empire of virtue : colonialism in the age of abolition
Selling Algeria : speculation and the colonial landscape
Settling Algeria : labor, emigration, and citizenship
Conclusion : politics and empire in nineteenth-century France