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date: 19 November 2017

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This chapter provides an overview of the Algerian War of Independence. The first part looks at the colonial period and at the origins of the Algerian nationalist movement. The second part is a detailed account of the war. The third part discusses some important characteristics of the Algerian war, such as the nature of the war, the use of violence, the significance of international diplomacy, and the large-scale participation of women. In addition, this last section examines how, during the war, Algerian women were incorporated into the war strategy of the French authorities and the French army as well as that of the FLN-ALN by looking at the itinerary of two high-profile women during the war: Djamila Bouhired and Nafissa Sid Cara.

Keywords: Algeria, war, decolonization, Front de Libération Nationale, violence, diplomacy, women, Djamila Bouhired, Nafissa Sid Cara

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