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Conference Papers Year : 2023

Political historiographies: discussing the Algerian independence war in the early French electoral cyberspace.

Abstract

Historiography is not only a scholarly practice: political activists often engage in the (re)writing of history to try and establish narratives of common purposes. This practice emerged in a new setting at the beginning of the 2000s through the growing accessibility of the internet. The French 2002 election was, in that regard, a special moment that saw both the rise of the use of such tools and the coming of the Algeria war narratives back to renewed political prominence. Using a newly developed software strategy to explore the French internet archive hosted at Bibliothèque Nationale de France, this study gives to aim an account of what was being done with the narratives over the Algerian war of independence in that early French Web. While the archive is not exhaustive, its computational indexing allows administrating complex queries and retrieving available documents mentioning the war. This enables the creation of a tentative image of what the Algerian war was described to be on the French web in the context of the 2002 election. Through this account, one can then build a contrast with previous narratives accessible in the electoral professions de foi registered in the ARCHELEC database and hence explore what is at stake with the political historiographies of the Algerian independence war.
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hal-04637743 , version 1 (07-07-2024)

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Guillaume Levrier. Political historiographies: discussing the Algerian independence war in the early French electoral cyberspace.. La Science Politique et la Guerre d'Algérie, Paul Max Morin, CEVIPOF (Sciences Po) - Université Nice Côte - d’Azur; Sarah Gensburger, Centre de sociologie des organisations (Sciences Po-CNRS), Dec 2023, Paris, France. ⟨hal-04637743⟩
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