Modern Algeria

Modern Algeria : The Origins and Development of a Nation

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[Ruedy] has skillfully compressed over two thousand years of Algerian history into a smooth, fast-paced narrative while at the same time addressing all the major questions concerning Algeria's historical development...a tour de force. - Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Virginia. Quite simply put, this work is the best and most comprehensive history of modern Algeria in English ...- "Digest of Middle East Studies". One of the largest countries in Africa and in the Arab world, Algeria in the last half of the twentieth century has stood as a compelling model of national liberation and development. Yet, as the century nears a close, Algeria is beset by a national crisis, its economy in virtual collapse, its single-party political system discredited, and its cultural identity challenged by emergent Islamic fundamentalism. John Ruedy provides the first up-to-date history of Algeria's evolution from a segmented tribal order under the Ottoman Empire through five generations of French colonial exploitation, to an eight-year war of liberation, and finally to independent statehood.
A concluding chapter surveys the developing political and economic crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, which witnessed Algeria at a crossroads between the Islamists and military rule. Synthesizing a large body of research in French, Arabic, and English, Ruedy incorporates political, economic, social, and cultural elements into his deft historical narrative. Maps, tables, an extensive bibliography, and a bibliographical essay enhance the utility of this book for students, scholars, and general readers.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156.5 x 233.9 x 24.1mm | 527.51g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • 2nd ed.
  • 7M.
  • 0253207460
  • 9780253207463

Table of contents

List of Maps Preface One: Introduction Two: Ottoman Algeria and Its Legacy Three: Invasion, Resistance, and Colonization, 1830-1871 Four: The Colonial System and the Transformation of Algerian Society, 1871-1919 Five: The Algerian Nationalist Movement, 1919-1954 Six: The War of Independence, 1954-1962 Seven: The Challenges of Independence, 1962-1978 Eight: The Bendjedid Years--Readjustment and Crisis Appendix--Place Names Bibliographical Essay Bibliography Index
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