Kamel Daoud at The Financial Times reviews a report by historian Benjamin Stora on France’s colonial war with Algeria Critical of the trend in Western academia that sees history in terms of guilty and victimhood, Stora writes:
. . . being a “victim” prevents us from seeing how the memory of colonisation is manipulated by political and economic elites in former colonies, who lay claim to the legacy of the revolution. The west sees the world through its guilt, as it once saw it through its desire for domination. Guilt may be harmless, but it prevents understanding, which is needed for both parties to move forward.
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