This is a blog about how the present shapes the past. It complements a project which examines the impact of the Algerian War on the ways that people in France imagined the distant past.
The Algerian War lasted for eight years (1954-1962). It had immediate and long-term effects in both France and Algeria. This project explores the legacies of this conflict, focussing on the ways that the war influenced French academics studying Early Christianity and Late Antiquity. Along the way it will discuss how these academics imagined their role and their professional duties. It will also analyse how the decline of French imperial power shaped their own readings of the end of the Roman Empire.
This blog will be a site to track the evolution of the project, following academic work in archives, seminar rooms and in publication.