Dr Andrea Brazzoduro

  • twentieth-century French history (4th & 5th Republic, colonialism and decolonization)
  • history of representations and social uses of the past (memory studies, oral history and epistemology)
  • postcolonial criticism (with a particular focus on the Mediterranean, and the relationships between France, Algeria and Italy, in the past and in the present)

As Marie Curie Research Fellow I’m currently working to my new book, which aims to investigate the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962) from a new perspective. I propose to frame a transnational history of the war, going beyond both the (opposing) French and Algerian (national) narratives, to resituate the war in its Mediterranean, European, and eventually its global contexts. This general research objective, however, will be achieved by using a microhistorical approach: instead of looking at the conflict as a generic “whole” and examining its reverberations in an elusive “collective memory”, the project focuses on a specific region, the Aurès-Nememcha in the Algerian south-east. At the core of this project are the specific experiences and memories of French and Algerian veterans who fought each other for eight years in this mountainous, Berberophone area. Who were they? What kind of war were they fighting, and why? And fifty years after the ceasefire, how do the citizens of each country cope with their combat memories? Less than “collective memory”, what is at stake here is a genealogy of the present—both in Algeria and France—by means of an investigation into the social frames of memory.


Soldati senza causa. Memorie della guerra d’Algeria (Soldiers Without a Cause. Memories of the Algerian War) (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2012)

Soldati Senza Causa

 Publisher website: http://www.laterza.it/index.php?option=com_laterza&Itemid=97&task=schedalibro&isbn=9788842099659 


• Paolo Mieli, Corriere della Sera, 10 July 2012 
• Anna Foa, L'Osservatore Romano, 29 August 2012 
• Angelo Del Boca, I Sentieri della Ricerca, September 2012
• Alessandro Triulzi, il manifesto, 11 October 2012 
• Goffredo Fofi, Lo Straniero, November 2012
• Daniele Rocca, L'indice dei libri, December 2012
• Renate Siebert, Il Mestiere di Storico, V, 1/2013
• Grazielle Gaballo, Quaderno di Storia Contemporanea, 2013, 54
• Gilbert Meynier, Insaniyat, 18 (2014), 65-66
• Santo Peli, Passato e Presente, 33 (2015), 95

  • Köln Concert. Retour sur un « cohérent délire » postcolonial

  • Oral Histories and Postcolonial Memories: Towards a Multi-Vocal Narrative of the Algerian War of Independence

  • Rassegna bibliografica

  • La Suisse et la guerre d’indépendance algérienne, 1954-1962 by Damien Caron

  • Histoire et mémoires, conflits et alliance
    Joutard, Philippe
    (Paris: La Découverte, 2013)
    L’histoire orale en questions
    d’Almeida, Fabrice & Maréchal, Denis (eds.)
    (Paris: INA, 2013)

  • Voir/ne pas voir l'Algérie. La gauche italienne et la guerre d'indépendance algérienne

  • Schede. Algeria. La guerra d'indipendenza cinquant'anni dopo

  • Oltre il magnetofono. Fonti orali, storiografia, generazioni

  • L’Italia e la guerra d’Algeria (1954-1962) by Bruna Bagnato

  • Il Memoriale della guerra d'Algeria. L'uso politico di un conflitto senza fine (1962-2012)

  • More

GR Parlamento (Radio RAI, 2 November 2012)

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