Algeria: The End & the Beginning

"At last!"

Those were the words, repeated countless times around the world, that greeted the long-delayed truce in Algeria. After seven years, four months and 18 days, the fighting stopped. The war had cost hundreds of thousands of dead, ranging from illiterate Moslem peasants to the blueblooded elite of the French army. On one side stood France, which had carried Western civilization into the desert and, despite vast errors of judgment, had built a country in North Africa that had been part of France for more than a century. On the other side...

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