West Germany, Cold War Europe and the Algerian War

West Germany, Cold War Europe and the Algerian War

by Mathilde Von Bulow


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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 Bulow 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781107459687
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Series: New Studies in European History
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Mathilde Von Bulow lectures in history at the University of Glasgow, where she is also a member of the Scottish Centre for War Studies. Her research and teaching focus is on modern international and imperial history, colonial conflicts and wars of decolonisation, as well as intelligence and security. Her 2013 article on Franco-German intelligence cooperation during Algeria's war of independence was awarded the first ever Christopher Andrew-Michael Handel article prize by the international peer-reviewed journal, Intelligence and National Security. Her Ph.D. dissertation on Franco-German relations and the Algerian War won the British International History Group's best thesis prize in 2007.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Internationalising colonial warfare: FLN strategy and French responses; Part I. Creating the Sanctuary - November 1954 to May 1958: 2. West German diplomacy and the Algerian War; 3. The FLN's implantation in Germany; 4. Algeria and West German opinion; 5. FLN contraband in West Germany; Part II. Contesting Sanctuary and Sovereignty - June 1958 to December 1960: 6. The diplomatic war; 7. The intelligence war; 8. The propaganda war; 9. The war of action; Part III. Asserting Sovereignty - January 1961 to July 1962 and Beyond: 10. Sanctuary to sovereignty; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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