The Wars of French Decolonization (Modern Wars In Perspective)
Longman, London, 1994. First edition, Paperback. Very Good+. 234 pages. With maps. Top edge and fore edge somewhat soiled. Light wear to spine, covers & corners. THE WARS OF FRENCH DECOLONIZATION is the second title to be published in an ambitious new series that offers wide-ranging studies of specific wars, and distinct phases of warfare, from the close of the Middle Ages to the present day. The series aims to advance the current integration of military history into the academic mainstream. To that end, the books are not merely traditional campaign narratives, but examine the causes, course and consequences of major conflicts, in their full international political, diplomatic, social and ideological contexts.Anthony Clayton s ambitious survey draws together into a single integrated account the two major wars of decolonization fought by France in Indochina (in the early 1950s) and Algeria (in the late 1950s), as well as the smaller but far from insignificant military operations that the French conducted in Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco.Fought at different times and in very different theatres, these conflicts - little explored in English-language scholarship as yet - have tended to be seen in isolation. By bringing them together within the covers of a single succinct analytical survey, and treating them as different manifestations of the same historical process, Dr Clayton has filled a major gap in the literatures of modem France, decolonization, and postwar military history alike.The military operations are set in their widest context. Amongst the themes explored in detail are:• the traditional French attitudes to empire, and how these changed under the pressure of events;• the French Army’s counter-revolutionary warfare school in the 1950s, and its politically dangerous doctrines;• the collapse of the Fourth Republic and the return to power of de Gaulle;• the final drama of withdrawal from Algeria, with its “ethnic cleansing” of the European settler population.A model of clear exposition, the study offers fascinating opportunities for comparison with the more familiar decolonization process in the British Empire (on the military aspects of which a volume will be published in the series in due course). The book includes a full Chronology, Biographical Notes, and Notes on Further Reading.Anthony Clayton has been a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, since 1965. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Military History; North African History & Topography; South-East Asian History & Topography; Modern & Contemporary History (1789-); French History & Topography. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 0019549.
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Keywords: BZDB273 CLAYTON WARS FRENCH DECOLONIZATION 1994 MODERN WARS PERSPECTIVE VIETNAM ALGERIA INDOCHINA Military History; North African History & Topography; South-East Asian History & Topography; Modern & Contemporary History (1789-); French History & Topograp