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This front matter section of the book The Military and Colonial Destruction of the Roman Landscape of North Africa, 1830-1900 contains the table of contents and a preface. The book discusses the impact made by the French army and colonists on the ancient landscape of Algeria and its monuments. Enthusiasts such as Chateaubriand saw this land as a ripe plum waiting to be picked, whereby the perennial scourge of piracy would be obliterated. Algeria was known largely through literary accounts and the occasional diplomacy, bombardment, and invasion. Its towns and road network, developed by the Romans, were surely radically changed by the Arab invasions.

Keywords: Algeria; French army; Romans



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