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Author: Raphaëlle Branche

Title: Des viols pendant la guerre d'Algérie

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Journal: Vingtième Siècle: Revue d'histoire

Volume: -

Issue: 75

Year: July-September 2002

Pages: 123-132

ISSN: 0294-1759 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: French

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: Algerian History; European History: French History | Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Algerian War



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Author: Raphaëlle Branche, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXème siècle, Université Paris1 Panthéon-SorbonneAuthor's Personal Website, Wikipedia

Abstract: »The systematic practice of rape during the war in ex-Yugoslavia from 1991-1995 put this specific violence in the spotlight whereas it is too often considered as a universal collateral damage of wars. In the historical field, it has shaken up the view on war violence and brought about a certain reconsideration of this history. Historiography is making slow progress on this subject because of the difficulty of getting to the sources. During the Algerian war, French soldiers' rape of Algerian women is beginning to be studied. While they are partially the reflection of women's active commitment in this conflict, they are nevertheless especially the reflection of the balance of power that characterized this war : relations within the Algerian society as well as between the fighters on the opposing sides. The study of the gestures, the way they were carried out, the actors, their eventual punishment and the consequences provides a more precise look on the logics what were at work in this war.« (Source: Vingtième Siècle)


  Un intérnêt historiographique croissant (p. 123)
  Des femmes dans la guerre (p. 124)
  Des ennemies à combattre (p. 125)
  Faire souffrir (p. 126)
  Conquérir, occuper, vaincre: les trois logiques du viol (p. 128)
  Les enfants du viol, fruits durables de la violence ennemie (p. 129)
  Les autorités françaises et les violeurs (p. 130)
  Le viol, la virilité, la guerre (p. 131)

Translation: Branche, Raphaëlle. »Sexual Violence in the Algerian War.« Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s Twentieth Century. Edited by Dagmar Herzog. Basingstoke 2009: 247-260. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of Algeria / French Algeria | History of Europe: History of France / French Fourth Republic, French Fifth Republic | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: Algerian War / Torture during the Algerian War of Independence