Massacres and Their Historians: Recent Histories of State Violence in France and Algeria in the Twentieth Century

@article{Cole2010MassacresAT,
  title={Massacres and Their Historians: Recent Histories of State Violence in France and Algeria in the Twentieth Century},
  author={J. Cole},
  journal={French Politics, Culture \& Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={28},
  pages={106-126}
}
  • J. Cole
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • French Politics, Culture & Society
Historians cannot resist violence.* Not simply because of a voyeuristic interest in the dramatically lethal, but also because many of the most vexing questions about the writing of history converge in the crucible of violent events. Historians are attracted to the subject because they hope that it might tell them something about the fundamental problems in their discipline: questions about causality, agency, narrative, and contingency; about the readability of the past and the conclusions that… Expand

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