Douglas Porch
The Conquest of the Sahara
April 26, 2019 Comments.. 599
The Conquest of the Sahara In The Conquest of the Sahara Douglas Porch tells the story of France s struggle to explore and dominate the great African desert at the turn of the century Focusing on the conquest of the Ahaggar Tu

  • Title: The Conquest of the Sahara
  • Author: Douglas Porch
  • ISBN: 9780374128791
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Conquest of the Sahara, Douglas Porch tells the story of France s struggle to explore and dominate the great African desert at the turn of the century Focusing on the conquest of the Ahaggar Tuareg, a Berber people living in a mountain area in central Sahara, he goes on to describe the bizarre exploits of the desert s explorers and conquerors and the incompetence oIn The Conquest of the Sahara, Douglas Porch tells the story of France s struggle to explore and dominate the great African desert at the turn of the century Focusing on the conquest of the Ahaggar Tuareg, a Berber people living in a mountain area in central Sahara, he goes on to describe the bizarre exploits of the desert s explorers and conquerors and the incompetence of the French military establishment Porch summons up a world of oases, desert forts and caf s where customers paid the dancer by licking a one franc piece and sticking it on her forehead.The Conquest of the Sahara reveals the dark side of France s civilizing mission into this vast terrain, and at the same time, weaves a rich tale of extravagant hopes, genius and foolhardiness.

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    1. Mike says:

      The Conquest of the Sahara gets 3 stars but a strong recommendation nevertheless. I did not know how central the French were in taking the Sahara. I had only thought of them as significant in Algeria but they were everywhere. Porch tells a tale of some very strange and eccentric figures who launch off on missions to explore and, later, conquer various areas. In fact, the spread of the French into North Africa was haphazard and not part of a grander plan. There is little to recommend the coming o [...]

    2. Mike Finch says:

      I'd been putting this one on the back-burner for a while, as I was fairly convinced that it wasn't exactly going to be riveting stuff. So it was a pleasant surprise to find out that it is actually written in a very entertaining fashion, and gives plenty of info about a whole range of things outside of the colonial soldiering view with which I came to it. So bravo to Porch for that.I'll look forward to reading the sister piece, The Conquest of Morocco, next.Criticisms? Well, in setting the scene [...]

    3. Angelo Mifsud says:

      It was hard to get into but the more I read the more the history and events surprised me. I never knew of the turmoil and carnage that the French inflicted on North Africa but it was what a country that wanted power did in those days, and in the end was it worth it, and have any lessons been learnt? I did find it interesting, it has enhanced my knowledge and well written, and it was enjoyable from that aspect.

    4. Chris Scott says:

      This was an intriguing and readable account of France’s attempts to colonise the Sahara during the ‘Scramble for Africa’ in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Full of historical detail, it vividly describes the vainglorious expeditions, large and small, which staggered across the desert, often poorly led and suffering greatly for personal prestige and their country’s honour. The extraordinary shambles of the doomed Flatters expeditions has to be read to be believed.

    5. Alex says:

      Good account of the French conquest of Algeria (and some of the Italian conquest of Italy). Not quite as good as the Conquest of Morocco, but probably because that book detailed a takeover a country rather than taking over desert.

    6. Adam says:

      The information in this book is incredible, and the story (although is really about 30 story's) is pretty new to me so I found it fascinating. It is kind of hard to digest because of the entire world of culture that is hard to wrap my head around.

    7. Cambrone says:

      Excellent! Did not expect a professional historian to write so well. Gripping, entertaining, smart,funny plus you feel confident that what you are reading is historically accurate For those who will read it in kindle format, make sure you use the map at location 5730.

    8. Briapedia says:

      Really interesting read. I'm glad it was written before histories were forced to be so politicized.

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