French Colonial Fascism: The Extreme Right in Algeria, 1919-1939

French Colonial Fascism: The Extreme Right in Algeria, 1919-1939

by Samuel Kalman
     
 

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Alarmed by a growing Muslim population and a reputedly weak imperial administration, European settlers in Algeria in the early twentieth century increasingly turbaned to fascism in order to seize power and create an authoritarian regime. This study investigates the extreme-rightist leagues that arose in this context, with particular attention to the rabid

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Alarmed by a growing Muslim population and a reputedly weak imperial administration, European settlers in Algeria in the early twentieth century increasingly turbaned to fascism in order to seize power and create an authoritarian regime. This study investigates the extreme-rightist leagues that arose in this context, with particular attention to the rabid xenophobia directed at local Jews and Muslims, who were derisively branded 'indigènes' and cast as anti-colonial and left-wing actors. In their attempts to preserve European hegemony and a subjugated pool of unskilled labor, these groups helped to cement a clear racial hierarchy and definitively shaped Algeria's colonial history.

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'Samuel Kalman's French Colonial Fascism is an exceptionally well researched and very judicious account of the extreme Right in inter-war Algeria. It makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate on French fascism in the last two decades of the Third Republic and goes a long way to helping our understanding of the Algerian tragedy in the 1950s.' - William D. Irvine, Professor, Department of History, York University, Canada

'The first in-depth study of ultra-rightist groups in interwar Algeria, French Colonial Fascism is an unsettling but gripping read. Exploring the connections between settlers' attachment to a racialized view of Algerian social relations and the growing appeal of ultra-rightist ideology after World War One, Sam Kalman has produced a work of real originality, the first exploration of the warped moral economies of settler fascism.' - Martin Thomas, Professor of European Imperial History, University of Exeter, UK

'Frontier communities that feel threatened are prone to nationalist and racist extremism. The European settlers in Algeria formed a particularly virulent case. Samuel Kalman's French Colonial Fascism explores compellingly their actions and doctrines between the two world wars as they strove to exclude Jews, to keep Muslims subjugated, and to loosen the control of metropolitan French authorities that seemed to them too soft.' - Robert O. Paxton, Professor of History emeritus, Columbia University, USA

'A well-researched, fluidly written, contribution to our understanding of inter-war settler politics in Algeria. This work is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of different forms of fascism and in French inter-war colonialism.' - Patricia M. E. Lorcin, Professor of History, University of Minnesota, USA, and author of Historicizing Colonial Nostalgia

'Written beautifully and meticulously studied, Samuel Kalman's book exposes the specific fascist ideology of European settlers in Algeria. Anyone who is interested in the history of the French settlers in Algeria specifically and colonial relations in general will find this book fascinating and deeply enriching.' - Ruth Ginio, Department of History, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

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ISBN-13:
9781137307088
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/03/2013
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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