[Pt.] I. Origins 1830-1945. Invasion -- The long hatreds -- The making of Algerian nationalism -- [pt.] II. Undeclared war 1945-59. Sliding into war -- 'Algeria is France' -- Guy Mollet's war -- The 'Battle of Algiers' and its aftermath -- Complex violence -- [pt.] III. Dénouement 1959-62. Endgame -- Bloody conclusion -- Independence.
Examines the depth and scale of the colonization process and explains why the Algerian War was one of the longest and most violent of the decolonization struggles, bringing down four governments, ending the Fourth Republic, and miring the French Army in accusations of torture and mass human rights abuses.