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As more narratives about the War of Independence entered the public domain in the new millennium, the greater the potential became for contradictions and conflicts between them leading to a state of ‘memory wars’. In a war one is obliged to choose a side causing groups to view each other as ‘allies’ to be courted or ‘enemies’ to be defeated. As this chapter will argue, this climate has led pied-noir and harki activists to re-evaluate and sometimes reformulate their relationships with each other and with prominent groups connected to the war including veterans and Algerians in France. The present environment has also influenced the ways in which these two communities interact with key vectors of transmission such as the media and academia. Tracing evolutions in the nature of these relationships provides an insight into the identity struggles and power dynamics that have underpinned the surface manifestations of the ‘memory wars’ phenomenon over the past decade.

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From empire to exile

History and memory within the pied-noir and harki communities, 1962–2012

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