The painter Claude Monet spent his early twenties as a soldier in French North Africa, yet none of his works or writings from this period survive. Jeffrey Meyers pieces together a portrait of the artist as a young man.
Derek Severn describes how the assault secured the release of many slaves and much ransom money but Barbary pirates remained a menace until the French annexation.
On the centenary of his birth, Martin Evans looks at the evolving legacy of the Algerian-born French writer Albert Camus
Martin Evans offers a frank reassessment of his article on 30 years of Algerian independence, published in History Today in 1992.
The Jews of Algeria had lived side by side with Muslims for centuries, but the struggle for Algerian independence presented them with stark choices, as Martin Evans explains.
It is instructive to compare the decline and post-Second World War destiny of the British and French empires. Whereas a Labour government in...
With the publication of P.C . Wren’s novel Beau Geste in 1924 the French Foreign Legion entered the imperial imagination within the...
Football became a potent expression of Algeria’s struggle for independence, never more so than during the dramatic events that preceded the 1958 World Cup, as Martin Evans explains.
Martin Evans looks at the events of 1956 and the French war on terror, both at home and elsewhere, and how this was a turning point for French fortunes in the Algerian War of Independence.
Nigel Falls describes how France became caught up in an unexpectedly complicated imperial adventure in 1830.