Gaining Independence: The French Colonies of Algeria & Vanuatu

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Gaining Independence: The French Colonies of Algeria & Vanuatu

<p>In the context of the period of de-colonisation that began after the Second World War, we look at the French colony of Algeria and and her fight for independence, comparing and contrasting it with

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In the context of the period of de-colonisation that began after the Second World War, we look at the French colony of Algeria and and her fight for independence, comparing and contrasting it with that of Vanuatu, a country in 
the southwestern
 Pacific Ocean, consisting of a
 chain of 
islands who finally achieved her independence in 1980.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Camus, Albert, The First Man (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)
  • Celestin, Roger; Eliane DalMolin, France from 1851 to the Present: Universalism in Crisis (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007)
  • Kedward, Rod, La Vie en Bleu: France and the French since 1900 (Penguin, 2006)
  • Kuisel, Richard F., Seducing the French (Berkeley: University of California Press,1993)
  • Law, Randall D., Terrorism: A History (Cambridge: Polity, 2009)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction: The French Colonial Empire
  • Algeria’s Fight for Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) and the Guerilla War (1954-62), the granting of independence
  • Vanuatu’s Struggle for independence


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the French colonial history, as well as of the history of Algeria and Vanuatu.
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.