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Modern Algeria The Origins and Development of a Nation

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ISBN-10: 0253207460

ISBN-13: 9780253207463

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Ruedy

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Ò[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 AlgeriaÕs historical development. . . . a tour de force.Ó ÑJulia Clancy-Smith, University of Virginia ÒQuite simply put, this work is the best and most comprehensive history of modern Algeria in English . . . Ó ÑDigest 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 AlgeriaÕs 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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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

John Ruedy is Emeritus Professor of History at Georgetown University. He has served most recently as the North Africa editor for the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa.

List of Maps
Ottoman Algeria and Its Legacy
Invasion, Resistance, and Colonization, 1830-1871
The Colonial System and the Transformation of Algerian Society, 1871-1919
The Algerian Nationalist Movement, 1919-1954
The War of Independence, 1954-1962
The Challenges of Independence, 1962-1978
The Bendjedid Years - Readjustment and Crisis
Appendix - Place Names
Bibliographical Essay