Modern Algeria: The Origins and Development of a Nation

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Indiana University Press, 2005 - History - 325 pages
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Praise for the first edition:

"[E]ssential reading for Maghreb specialists as well as for anyone interested in issues of nation-building and political culture in Africa." —Africa Today

"[T]he best and most comprehensive history of modern Algeria in English." —Digest of Middle East Studies

"[A] thoughtful and much-needed introductory historical analysis of Algeria." —Choice

The second edition of Modern Algeria brings readers up to date with the outcome of the 2004 Algerian elections. Providing thorough coverage of the 1990s and the end of the Algerian Civil War, it addresses issues such as secularist struggles against fundamentalist Islam, ethnic and regional distinctions, gender, language, the evolution of popular culture, and political and economic relationships with France and the expatriate community. Updated information on resources enhances the usefulness of this popular textbook that has become a standard in the field.

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It is an easy read but I think the author by the end of the book was oversimplifying facts and couldn't explain the current situation of the Algerian military regime. He also was not successful in bringing the overall picture of the Islamist challenge the Algerian regime. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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.

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