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Author Von Bülow, Mathilde, 1977- author
Title West Germany, Cold War Europe and the Algerian War / Mathilde von Bülow, University of Glasgow
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016
book jacket
 Modern History Library  965.0462 V945    AVAILABLE    30550100612165
Descript xvi, 466 pages ; 24 cm
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Series New studies in European history
Note "An illuminating and provocative account of Germany's role as sanctuary for Algerian nationalists during their fight for independence from France between 1954 and 1962. The book explores key issues such as the impact of external sanctuaries on French counterinsurgency efforts; the part played by security and intelligence services in efforts to eliminate these sanctuaries; the Algerian War's influence on West German foreign and security policy; and finally, the emergence of West German civic engagement in support of Algeria's independence struggle, which served to shape the newly-independent country's perception of its role and place in international society. Mathilde von Bülow sheds new light on the impact of FLN activities, the role of anti-colonial movements and insurgencies in the developing world in shaping the dynamics of the Cold War as well as the manner in which the Algerian war was fought and won"--From publisher's website
"Indeed, although scholars are increasingly examining the international and transnational dimensions of late colonial conflicts they often eschew the topic of extraterritorial safe havens. Only recently have scholars begun to examine the manner in which external sanctuaries impacted upon the various liberation struggles. This book contributes to the growing literature seeking to redress this gap. It does so by focusing not only on the one movement and conflict that became the trendsetter and inspiration for national liberation movements emerging in its wake but also on a sanctuary-state--West Germany--whose role remains most obscured. The Algerian war's overspill beyond the territorial confines of the imperial heartland was in many ways unparalleled. After all, as Jim House and Neil MacMaster remind us, colonial wars were usually geographically contained events that rarely impinged on the metropoles fighting them. Overspill, when it occurred, generally affected only faraway territories neighbouring a restive colony. In the context of the Algerian war, however, a combination of geographical proximity, lax border controls, lenient immigration and asylum policies, federalist state-structures, a free press and liberal economy all helped turn West Germany into a preferred safe haven and logistical-operational base for the FLN"--Introduction
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-446) and index
Introduction -- Internationalising colonial warfare : FLN strategy and French responses -- Part I. Creating the sanctuary : November 1954 to May 1958 -- West German diplomacy and the Algerian War -- The FLN's implantation in Germany -- Algeria and West German opinion -- FLN contraband in West Germany -- Part II. Contesting sanctuary and sovereignty : June 1958 to December 1960 -- The diplomatic war -- The intelligence war -- The propaganda war -- The war of action -- Part III. Asserting sovereignty : January 1961 to July 1962 and beyond -- Sanctuary to sovereignty -- Conclusion -- Glossary
Subject Algeria -- History -- Revolution, 1954-1962 -- Diplomatic history
Algeria -- Foreign relations -- Germany (West)
Germany (West) -- Foreign relations -- Algeria
Nationalists -- Algeria -- History -- 20th century
Algerians -- Germany (West) -- History -- 20th century
Asylum, Right of -- Germany (West) -- History -- 20th century
Jabhat al-Taḥrīr al-Qawmī -- History
Algeria -- Colonial influence -- History -- 20th century
France -- Colonies -- History -- 20th century
Cold War -- Political aspects -- Europe
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