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Reinstating the Border: Impacts of the Breakdown of Colonial Algeria

Natasha Birimac

Abstract


The breakdown of colonial rule and reinstatement of pre-colonial borders is often regarded as a positive change for the local population. However, individuals who collaborated with the imperial power are often exposed to the adverse side-effects of these developments. Examining a harki’s (colonial soldier) reasons for collaboration and his experiences during and after the breakdown of colonial Algeria expands Robinson’s theory of economic imperialism. This is done by exploring the tension between collusion, the harki’s belief in his ‘Frenchness’ and France’s need to maintain imperial power and thus a distinction between Algerian natives and French people.

Keywords


Algeria; France; Colonial; Post-Colonial; Algerian War; Harkis; Colonial Soldiers; Twentieth century

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