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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date December 3, 2007
Pages 335
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691131351
ISBN-10 069113135X
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Original list price $55.00
Other format details university press
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Torture and the Twilight of Empire looks at the intimate relationship between torture and colonial domination through a close examination of the French army's coercive tactics during the Algerian war from 1954 to 1962. By tracing the psychological, cultural, and political meanings of torture at the end of the French empire, Marnia Lazreg also sheds new light on the United States and its recourse to torture in Iraq and Afghanistan.


This book is nothing less than an anatomy of torture--its methods, justifications, functions, and consequences. Drawing extensively from archives, confessions by former torturers, interviews with former soldiers, and war diaries, as well as writings by Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and others, Lazreg argues that occupying nations justify their systematic use of torture as a regrettable but necessary means of saving Western civilization from those who challenge their rule. She shows how torture was central to guerre révolutionnaire, a French theory of modern warfare that called for total war against the subject population and which informed a pacification strategy founded on brutal psychological techniques borrowed from totalitarian movements. Lazreg seeks to understand torture's impact on the Algerian population--especially women--and also on the French troops who became their torturers. She explores the roles Christianity and Islam played in rationalizing these acts, and the ways in which torture became not only routine but even acceptable.


Written by a preeminent historical sociologist, Torture and the Twilight of Empire holds particularly disturbing lessons for us today as we carry out the War on Terror.



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from Princeton Univ Pr (December 3, 2007); titled "Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad"
9780691131351 | details & prices | 335 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $55.00
About: Torture and the Twilight of Empire looks at the intimate relationship between torture and colonial domination through a close examination of the French army's coercive tactics during the Algerian war from 1954 to 1962.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Princeton Univ Pr (December 6, 2016); titled "Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad"
9780691173481 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $24.95
About: Torture and the Twilight of Empire looks at the intimate relationship between torture and colonial domination through a close examination of the French army's coercive tactics during the Algerian war from 1954 to 1962.

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