Faculty Seminar Advisor

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

History

Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

From November 1st, 1954 to March 19, 1962, the French-Algerian War was one of the bloodiest struggles of decolonization in modern history. Why was this struggle so violent? By investigating the violent colonization techniques used by the French military which resulted in 850,000 Algerian deaths and the French social and political policies that placed the Algerians at the bottom of the social hierarchy, this thesis shows how the actions by the French during the colonial era led to the rise of Algerian resistance movements. This would eventually cause the violence in the French-Algerian War in order for the “last to become the first.”

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