By Dominique Venner

ISBN-10: 1910524441

ISBN-13: 9781910524442

The surprise of background: we are living it, neither figuring out or comprehending it. France, Europe, and the area have entered right into a new period of idea, attitudes, and powers. This surprise of historical past makes transparent the truth that there is not any such factor as an insurmountable future. The time will come for Europe to evoke, to reply to the demanding situations of immigration, poisonous ideologies, the perils of globalism, and the confusion that assails her. yet lower than what stipulations? that's the query to which this e-book responds. Conceived within the kind of a full of life and dynamic interview with a historian who, after enjoying historical past himself, by no means ceased to check and mirror upon it. during this textual content, the 1st of his significant works to seem in English, Dominique Venner recounts the good hobbies of eu historical past, the beginning of its idea, and its tragedies. He proposes new paths and provides strong examples to beat back decadence, and to appreciate the historical past within which we're immersed and within which we lead our lives.

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Three weeks earlier, I was still in the Algerian djebels[13] leading a section of about thirty men, submachine gun in hand. Suffice it to say that my state of mind was not exactly pacifistic. For a long time, even if my ideology remained very basic, I knew that Communism was the enemy of Europe. This was the landscape in which I received my political ‘baptism’. I was 15 and the year was 1950. In France, this was the time of the First Indochina War. In this very old colony, the French Expeditionary Force fought against a guerrilla movement known as the Vietminh, which was supported by Communist China and the USSR.

Unfortunately, nothing was resolved. The new regime put in place by de Gaulle was not the nationalist revolution of which we had dreamed, and the fate of Algeria was looking bleaker by the minute. The fight resumed quite soon after, this time against de Gaulle himself, and in an increasingly violent way. I was underground at the time, and I had been wanted by the police since the Week of the Barricades in January 1960,[18] in which my Free Corps had participated. Afterwards, one plot came after another in an atmosphere of intense excitement.

After two years of service in Algeria, I wanted to continue the fight in the world of political agitation. I became convinced that the fate of Algeria would not be determined on the battlefield, but in Paris. From then on, the atmosphere was highly charged. I participated in the formation of a small political Free Corps[16] that sought a kind of nationalist revolution. The idea was not as crazy as one might think. After all, following the crisis of May 1958, thanks to some very well-planned intrigues, General de Gaulle overthrew the Fourth Republic[17] and assumed power.

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