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Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria

Joshua Cole


This book explores the history of an anti-Jewish riot in 1934 in t Constantine, French Algeria, in which 25 Jews and 3 Muslims died. Understood at the time as the result of long-standing tensions between Muslims and Jews in North Africa, the riot was closely related to contemporary debates about reforming the colonial regime in Algeria. These debates divided the population and their political representatives, leaving Constantine vulnerable to acts of provocation by French nationalist extremists who appear to have been responsible for the majority of the murders. Although the police and some lo ... More

Keywords: France, Algeria, Constantine, Colonialism, Antisemitism, Violence, Jews, Muslims, Extremism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739415
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Cole, author
University of Michigan