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Between 1954 and 1962, over 1.5 million young French men went to do their military service in Algeria. In going there, they were thrown into the heart of this long, painful war. When they returned to France, would they ever talk about those times to their families, their friends, their loved ones? Between silence and memory, and looking at family histories and relations across decades and generations, Raphaëlle Branche examines this complex transmission of memories and experiences of the Algerian war.

Raphaëlle Branche is professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris Nanterre. She has held a number of key posts in the French academic world, and has published numerous works around the themes of violence, war and gender in the Algerian wars. Her personal website contains information on a range of publications, exhibitions and international projects.


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