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  • JIM HOUSE (a1) and NEIL MACMASTER (a2)

In the General Introduction and Conclusion to our book, Paris 1961: Algerians, state terror, and memory, we argue that the time has come to move beyond the current phase of political battle, the fixed-position trench warfare, over the events of ‘17 October’ for a more open history that can begin to address some wider and more fruitful questions. At the core of the polemic during the last decade has been the almost obsessive ‘battle of numbers’ that has raged between the maximalist Jean-Luc Einaudi (200–300+ deaths at the hands of the police) and the minimalist Jean-Paul Brunet (at most 30–50 deaths, but only 13 conclusively ‘proven’). In replying to Jean-Paul Brunet, we shall discuss two substantive issues: the nature of the evidence and its interpretation, and inevitably the question of the number of fatalities.

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Department of French, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2
School of Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4
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Michel Laronde , ‘“Effets d'histoire”: répresenter l'histoire coloniale forclose’, International Journal of Francophone Studies, 10, 1–2 (2007), pp. 139–55

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The Historical Journal
  • ISSN: 0018-246X
  • EISSN: 1469-5103
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