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Rethinking France’s “Memory Wars”

Harki Collective Memories, 2003–2010

Laura Jeanne Sims

On 23 February 2005, the National Assembly ignited controversy when it passed a law defending France’s colonial past. * The polemic centered on Article 4 of the law, which stipulated that school curricula would “acknowledge in particular the

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Michael Miller, Paul V. Dutton, and Laura Hobson Faure

, but her narrative swings between the local and national and the imperial and global. This is an exploration into the preservation of the past but as it was carried through by means of the present. Moreover, while Ford focuses on landscape, she never

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Colette française (et fille de zouave)

Colette and the French Singularity

Kathleen Antonioli

, enjoyed amorous relations with men, and rarely experienced difference as discrimination. … This understanding Ozouf attributes to something close to a French national character (she refers to it as a “common essence” and a “national genius”) that, despite

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A Bridge Across the Mediterranean

Nafissa Sid Cara and the Politics of Emancipation during the Algerian War

Elise Franklin

the Casbah of Algiers in French. The photographs on her identity cards show a modern, well-coiffed young woman. 9 She styled her hair in a modern updo and wore fashionable blouses and professional jackets. Figure 1 Identity Card of Nafissa Sid Cara

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Republican Imperialisms

Narrating the History of “Empire” in France, 1885–1900

Christina Carroll

called “memory-history.” 27 Nora only links “memory-history” to national collective memory and national identity—a consequence, perhaps, of the fact that Les lieux de mémoire for the most part does not engage with France’s colonies. 28 A close

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Jelena Jovicic

–97 ; Marie-Claire Robic, éd., Le Tableau de la géographie de la France de Paul Vidal de la Blache : Dans le labyrinthe des formes (Paris : Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, 2000) ; « National Identity in Vidal’s Tableau de la géographie de

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After the Party

Trump, Le Pen, and the New Normal

Anne Sa’adah

conservative parties of serious competition on their right. Le Pen was in his 70s, and the succession process did not look promising. Excluded from Le Pen’s Front, Mégret created the rival Mouvement national républicain. It went nowhere. In the European

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Nick Underwood

new cultural and communal identity. Historians Nancy Green, Paula Hyman, and David Weinberg laid the groundwork for studies on Jewish life in modern France, showing the importance of understanding peoples’ politics and religiosity while trying to

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Two Failures of Left Internationalism

Political Mimesis at French University Counter-Summits, 2010–2011

Eli Thorkelson

something that felt actual or that took priority over national identification. As the Brussels case shows, “Europeanization” was pictured as a practice of translation and social exchange across difference, not as an emergent intracontinental identity. In

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Trying on the Veil

Sexual Autonomy and the End of the French Republic in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

Seth Armus

clearly an intentionally political work. 11 Yet (Joffrin aside) his harshest critics usually reject the possibility of Submission as an actual political statement. If Houellebecq lends aid and comfort to the Front national it is out of carelessness, they