Arab and Berber population. The flow of migration was anything but smooth, but once the decision was made that France was in Algeria to stay, the trajectory, especially tragic for the Algerian population, was clear. By 1848 the fate of Algeria, a colony made up of increasing numbers of European settlers craving land, was sealed. The following decades saw continuing conquest by "the sword" along with the growth of an immigrant settler population. Granting European immigrants rights of French citizenship while denying these rights to the native "subjects" planted contradictions that would reap the whirlwind midway through the following century. By Sword and Plow makes an important contribution to our understanding of French, Algerian, and world history. If only such rich documentary and iconographic sources existed to illuminate nineteenthcentury Algerian culture. The book appears to accept as a given the global expansion of the West. A fundamental question remains under the surface. Why was the nineteenth-century story of France in Algeria almost entirely one of expanding territorial control? French military setbacks, such as the failed attempt to take Constantine in 1836, were rare and quickly reversed. What were the specific instruments of expansion symbolized by "the sword" and
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 5, 2013
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