Richard Vinen

Richard Vinen teaches at King’s College London. A History in Fragments: Europe in the 20th Century is published by Little, Brown.

Electric Koran

Richard Vinen, 7 June 2001

In 1957, Louisette Ighilahriz, a member of the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) in Algeria, was captured by French paratroopers. She was tortured and repeatedly raped. Until a French Army doctor arranged for her to be transferred to hospital and then to prison, her only hope was that her guards might be careless enough to leave her with the means of killing herself.


Our God is dead: Jean Moulin

Richard Vinen, 22 March 2001

One Monday morning in September 1940, Raymond Aron was lying in bed at a camp for Free French soldiers in Aldershot. His roommate, who had arrived the previous afternoon, asked him the time and, when told, replied: ‘Déjà sept heures moins vingt.’ Aron left the room. When he returned, his companion had shot himself. The inquest was unable to establish any motive for the...

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