Modern Algeria, Second Edition: The Origins and Development of a Nation

Paperback | August 12, 2005

byJohn Ruedy

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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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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 histo...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.95 inPublished:August 12, 2005Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253217822

ISBN - 13:9780253217820

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1. Introduction
2. Ottoman Algeria and Its Legacy
3. Invasion, Resistance, and Colonization, 18301871
4. The Colonial System and the Transformation of Algerian Society, 18711919
5. The Algerian Nationalist Movement, 19191954
6. The War of Independence, 19541962
7. The Challenges of Independence, 19621978
8. The Bendjedid Years-Readjustment and Crisis
9. Insurgency and the Pursuit of Democracy

Appendix-Place Names
Bibliographical Essay
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Thus John Ruedy has made a serious effort to update his book. He has revised chapter 8, The Bendjedid Years-Readjustment and Crisis, to account for the social and economic crisis, the failed liberal reforms of the 1979-92 period, and the assumption of power by the military-dominated Haut Comite de Securite, following the forced resignation of President Chadli Bendjedid on January 11, 1992. Ruedy has added a ninth chapter, Insurgency and the Pursuit of Democracy, which chronicles the responses of a succession of military-dominated governments to the Islamist threat and describes the major political, social, and economic developments in Algeria through the April 2004 re-election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika as president of the Algerian Republic. Ruedy has also revised the bibliographical essay and the bibliography which conclude the book. Like the first edition, the second continues to have particular significance for Anglophone readers in a field that is still dominated by Frenc" -language literature.