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Grappling for a communist foothold
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The vast terrain, limited infrastructure, rigidly-divided urban working class and overwhelmingly rural population made the diffusion of socialist ideas extremely difficult. When the PCF’s Algerian region was launched in 1920, its European membership felt that revolution in France was a prerequisite for a socialist Algeria that would remain part of France. Under pressure from the Comintern, which saw anti-colonial and national liberation struggles as means of weakening imperialism, Communists in Algeria eventually adopted a policy in support of Algerian independence. However, their call for independence and their anti-colonial opposition to the Rif War precipitated the wrath of the French state, which subjected them to heavy repression, with prison sentences of up to two years. Together with purges resulting from the Comintern’s New Line, the Algerian communist movement was decimated by 1930.

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Communists in Colonial Algeria


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