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Lecture 21 -  Vietnam and Algeria

Lecture 21 - Vietnam and Algeria

This video was recorded at HIST 276 - France Since 1871. France's colonial territories were of very high importance after the embarrassment of occupation during World War II. Algeria, in particular, was a complicated case because it involved large numbers of French settlers, the pieds-noirs. Despite international support for Algerian independence, right-wing factions in the military and among the colonizers remained committed to staying the course. After Charles de Gaulle presided over French withdrawal, the cause of the pieds-noirs has remained divisive in French political life, particularly on the right. Reading assignment: Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 226-306.

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