Synopses & Reviews
A provocative rethinking of Frances long relationship with the Arab world
To fully understand both the social and political pressures wracking contemporary France—and, indeed, all of Europe—as well as major events from the Arab Spring in the Middle East to the tensions in Mali, Andrew Hussey believes that we have to look beyond the confines of domestic horizons. As much as unemployment, economic stagnation, and social deprivation exacerbate the ongoing turmoil in the banlieues, the root of the problem lies elsewhere: in the continuing fallout from Europes colonial era.
Combining a fascinating and compulsively readable mix of history, literature, and politics with his years of personal experience visiting the banlieues and countries across the Arab world, especially Algeria, Hussey attempts to make sense of the present situation. In the course of teasing out the myriad interconnections between past and present in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Beirut, and Western Europe, The French Intifada shows that the defining conflict of the twenty-first century will not be between Islam and the West but between two dramatically different experiences of the world—the colonizers and the colonized.
"On June 14, 1830 France invaded Algiers. It was the first invasion of an Arab country since the Crusades. While the initial invasion was surprisingly simple, the years since have been full of violence and confusion between France and the neighboring Arab world in North Africa. Hussey's (Paris: The Secret History) book is a starkly written account of the increasingly disturbing resulting relationship between the French and its Arab population that will serve as a startling and perplexing account of the state of conflict in a contemporary world. Elements of the author's own of travels during the height of Arab Spring add structure to the convoluted history as Hussey examines the many riots and revolts of the region from the Battle of Algiers in 1956 to the 2012 bombings in Toulouse, France, detailing the decades of government fallacy and colonial abuse. Hussey admits that 'there is no neat or tidy conclusion' to the problems on North Africa or the post-colonial destruction. The reader alongside the author are left wondering what is to become of these 'ghosts in daylight.' (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for The French Intifada
Praise for Paris: The Secret History
“In his . . . shockingly violent alternative history of Paris, Andrew Hussey illuminates the citys gutters, stews, slaughters, riots, underbellies, and crimes in the shadowy corners that Balzac relished. The result is . . . a fascinating riot of a book.” —Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem
About the Author
Andrew Hussey is the director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies at the University of London's School of Advanced Study, as well as a regular contributor to The Guardian and the New Statesman, and the writer/presenter of several BBC documentaries on French food and art. He is the author of The Game of War: The Life and Death of Guy Debord and Paris: The Secret History. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Years Honours list for services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and France.
Table of Contents
Introduction: ‘Fuck France!Part One: State of Denial1 Murder in the Suburbs2 The Secrets of Lyons3 A Soldier for GodPart Two: Algeria, Prisoners of Love4 The Walls of Algeria5 Conquest6 The Secret World of the ‘Algerines7 New America8 The French Kingdom of the Arabs9 Latin Africa10 Awakenings11 Enemy States12 Switching Sides13 The Reconquest14 Capitals of Madness15 De Gaulle and the French Civil War16 An Experimental Nation17 The Algerian Intifada18 The New War with France19 Mysteries and Martyrs20 Family SecretsPart Three: In Morocco21 Queer Tangier22 Peaceful Penetration23 French Friends24 Modern Times25 Blank Generation26 Setting Europe on Fire27 The Neuilly-Marrakesh ExpressPart Four: Tunisia, Made In France28 The Mysteries of Tunis29 Stealing Tunisia30 Holidays in the Sun31 MiraclesPart Five: Prisoners of War32 Muslims in Prison