Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror and Memory

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This outstandingly well-researched book—which achieved the honour of being cited in Le Monde’s obituary of the former Paris prefect of police, Maurice Papon—should take its place on library shelves as the standard work on the police killings of Algerian demonstrators in Paris on 17 October 1961, superseding Jean-Luc Einaudi's La Bataille de Paris (1991). The chief merit of House and MacMaster's book is to take the debate beyond the now rather tired polemic around the numbers killed and into more fundamental ‘why’ territory. Indeed, this is two books in one: MacMaster on why the massacre happened and House on why it was (or was not) remembered afterwards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1016
JournalThe English Historical Review
Issue number509
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


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