Freedom ‘En Français’: The Revolutionary Intellectual and Publication Networks in Québec, France, and Algeria, 1963-1968 Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Miles, Sarah
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • The 1960s were a turbulent time in leftist politics the world over. This thesis examines the publication networks that facilitated contact and solidarity between leftist radicals in Québec, France, and Algeria. From 1963, immediately after the Algerian War, to 1968, when massive protests kicked off in France, self-proclaimed revolutionary men in these three locations used publications as a means of establishing contact, developing ideas, and translating political experiences from one location to another. In particular, this thesis is interested in understanding how Les Éditions Maspero, a French publishing house, La Révolution Africaine, an Algerian magazine, and Parti Pris, a French Canadian magazine, reveal the remarkably similar conception these individuals held about what their role as revolutionary intellectuals was in 1960s liberation movements. I argue that the idea of the revolutionary intellectuals in these writings was one which was defined by their ability to demystify oppressive structures, share revolutionary ideology through writing, and act out the struggle they envisioned both in their own contexts and around the world. By studying revolutionaries’ writing and the activist work that individuals undertook in order to solidify connections between locations, I highlight the importance of reciprocal intellectual exchange in developing political ideologies in France, Québec, and Algeria.
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  • Kramer, Lloyd
  • Reid, Donald
  • Aydin, Cemil
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2018

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