A Bastille Day post: Tocqueville on France and Algeria
I still don't know why France treated Algeria differently from Tunisia and Morocco, making of it a full-fledged colony while holding the others as protectorates. It couldn't really be because of a fly swatter, could it?
It transpires, though, that some of the impetus for France's decision about how to proceed after its invastion of Algiers came from the guy better known for writing about America:
"Tocqueville himself had sought such an incorporation when, in his 1847 report, he described the goal that would guide France's elusive, destructive, and ultimately failed project in Algeria:I don't say that makes him a perp, but he is at least a person of interest.
"`We should set out to create not a colony properly speaking in Algeria, but rather the extension of France itself across the Mediterranean.'"
© Peter Rozovsky 2013