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Published on Friday, November 09, 2012 by Loïc Le Pape


Workshop international organisé par l’IHA (D. Leroux, S. Prauser) dans le cadre du réseau européen "Armed forces in the Times of Decolonisation" en coopération avec l’université Paris 1 (R. Branche), l’université de Birmingham (P. Gray) ainsi que l’université de Sienne (N. Labanca).


Armed Forces in Time of Decolonisation


Thursday, 22 November

14.00 Introduction and Welcome: Steffen Prauser, Peter Gray

14.15 The Flow of Knowledge and Information.

  • Gavin Bowd, (University of St. Andrews) A Cartographer of Conflict: Pierre Gourou and the Indo-Chinese Wars.
  • Julia Heinemann (Universität Freiburg) Military Media Practices in Indochina and Algeria. A Diachronic Comparison .
  • Discussant: Peter Gray  (University of Birmingham)

15.30 The Army between Motherland and Colonies.

Luís Rodrigues (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon) Regime and Empire: the Portuguese Armed Forces and the Beginning of Colonial War in Angola.

Geraud Letang (Sciences Po - Paris) The Last Colonial Heroes ? "Chadian" Troops during World War II.

Discussant: Frédéric Guelton (IHA)

17.00 Native and Auxiliary Troops.

  • Tim Hicks (University of Birmingham) The Indian Army 1939-1947: A Colonial Institution under Stress.
  • José Luis Rodriguez (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Camino del Molino) The Suppression of the Association of Nomadic Troops, a Unit of Spanish Army, for the Province of Sahara.
  • Roel Frakking (EUI - European University Institute, Florence) The Organisation of Indigenous Security Forces in Indonesia, 1945-1950.
  • Discussant: Raphaëlle Branche (IHA/ Université Paris 1)

Friday, 23 November

9.15 Irregular Warfare, Ordinary Army: the Case of Algeria.

  • Terrence Peterson (Univesity of Wisconcin) "Play to Win": French Army Youth Sports Camps and Psychological Warfare in Algeria, 1957-1962.
  • Denis Leroux (IHA/ Université Paris 1) The Making of “Algérie nouvelle”. Militarian Utopia during the War in Algeria.
  • Fabien Sacriste (Toulouse le Mirail) French Army, Population “Regroupements” and “Pacification” Policy during  the Algerian War for Independence (1954-1962)". 
  • Discussant: Nicola Labanca (Università di Siena)

11.15 Colonial Troops in times of War and Occupation

  • Claire Miot (ENS Cachan) Colonial Soldiers in the First French Army (1944-1945): Deception, Discontent   or Questioning of the Colonial Order?
  • Fátima Rodrigues (Universidade de Coimbra) African Troops in the Portuguese Armed Forces during the Wars of Decolonization (1961-1974).
  • Karen Adler (University of Nottingham) Indigènes after "Indigènes"? North African Troops in the French Army of Occupation in Western Germany .
  • Discussant: Steffen Prauser (IHA/University of Birmingham)

Conclusions: Raphaëlle Branche, Peter Gray, Nicolas Labanca, Steffen Prauser


  • 8 rue du Parc-Royal
    Paris, France (75003)


  • Thursday, November 22, 2012
  • Friday, November 23, 2012

Attached files


  • décolonisation, armées, seconde guerre mondiale, Algérie, troupes auxiliaires


  • Steffen Prauser
    courriel : SPrauser [at] dhi-paris [dot] fr

Information source

  • Dunja Houelleu
    courriel : presse [at] dhi-paris [dot] fr

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