Algeria,1830-2000: A Short History

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A particularly vicious and bloody civil war has racked Algeria for a decade. Amnesty International notes that since 1992, in a population of 28 million, 80,000 people have been reported killed, and the actual total is almost certainly higher. This terrible war overshadows Algeria's long and complex history and its prominence on the world economic stage—second in size among African nations, Algeria has the longest Mediterranean coastline and contains the world's fifth-largest natural gas reserves. Algeria, ...

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Overview

A particularly vicious and bloody civil war has racked Algeria for a decade. Amnesty International notes that since 1992, in a population of 28 million, 80,000 people have been reported killed, and the actual total is almost certainly higher. This terrible war overshadows Algeria's long and complex history and its prominence on the world economic stage—second in size among African nations, Algeria has the longest Mediterranean coastline and contains the world's fifth-largest natural gas reserves. Algeria, 1830-2000 is a comprehensive narrative history of the country. Benjamin Stora, widely recognized as the leading expert on Algeria, presents the story of this turbulent area from the start of formal French colonialism in the early nineteenth century, through the prolonged war for independence in the latter 1950s, to the internal strife of the present day. This book adapts and updates three short volumes published originally in French by La Découverte. For this English edition, Stora has written a new introductory chapter on Algeria's colonial period (1830-1954) and has revised the final section to bring the volume up to date.

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"Benjamin Stora is perhaps France's leading historian of Algeria. . . His book. . . encompasses the whole narrative of modern Algeria, from the first landings of the conquering French, through their ignominious departure and on to Algeria's present agony."—The Economist, September 2001

"Stora has written a new introductory chapter on Algeria's colonial period (1830-1954) and revised the final section with up-to-date information, making this book a clear, detailed, rigorously factual, and up-to-date account of this troubled nation from 1830 down to the present day."—The Bookwatch, October 2001

"As one of France's leading historians of Algeria, and more broadly of French decolonization, Stora is well equipped to tell the story of these two terrible conflicts and of the thirty-year period that separates them, when the country was a one-party state struggling to create a post-colonial identity."—Roger Hardy. International Affairs, January 2002

"This book translates three of Stora's published works into one concise, scholarly, and welcome survey. . . . Accessible to the nonspecialist. . . . Highly recommended for all levels."—Choice, February 2002, Vol. 39, No. 6

"There is a wealth of reliable and useful historical information, including detailed treatments of the country's politics, economics, society, and foreign relations. Readers will get a good, straightforward account of the war for independence and the recent civil war, along with a broader feel for Algeria generally."—David Mednicoff, University of Massachusetts. African Studies Review, December 2002, Volume 45, Number 3

"This is a remarkable book: simultaneously a clear, simple account of modern Algerian history that will be accessible to newcomers to Algerian affairs, and a subtle, sophisticated interpretation of recent events that will provoke and satisfy those who know the country well. Algeria's complex and tortured history has long seemed to be a challenge to capture and convey; Stora's masterful account makes it seem easy."—Lisa Anderson, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

"Benjamin Stora's scholarly and readable text fills a major gap in English language literature about modern Algeria. This sensitive and detailed analysis of the past half century of turbulence in Algeria provides a wealth of information about the dynamics of Algerian society. Its reader will gain a rare perspective on the interplay of forces behind Algeria's current tragedy."—Richard W. Murphy, Council on Foreign Relations

"Benjamin Stora has based his lean-bodied analysis of Algerian history. . . on a lifetime of engaged scholarship. . . Stora has written an unusually compelling book. . . He has passionately sought an undeluded understanding of the past. He notes that the proliferation of Algerian newspapers and publishers in the early 1990s led to Algerians becoming 'subjects of history and not just subjects of a regime'. His book, while destined to be contentious, largely succeeds in vindicating this honorable definition of the historian's enterprise."—Diana Wylie, Boston University, African Studies Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801437151
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William B. Quandt is Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. His books include Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acronyms
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Algerian Civil War, 1954-1962: Why Such a Bitter Conflict? 29
1 The "Phony War" (November 1954-July 1955) 33
2 The Open War (August 1955-December 1956) 43
3 The Cruel War (1957) 49
4 The War of the Algerians (1954-1958) 57
5 De Gaulle and the War (1958-1959) 69
6 The Wars within the War (1960-1961) 77
7 The War and French Society (1955-1962) 87
8 The Terrible End of War 95
9 A War's Toll 107
Pt. 2 The History of Algeria since Independence 117
10 Summer 1962 121
11 Ben Bella's Algeria (1962-1965) 131
12 Boumedienne, the State, and the Institutions 143
13 Economic Choices and Foreign Policy (1965-1978) 151
14 Society and Culture in Algeria (1962-1982) 163
15 The Jamming of the System (1979-1988) 179
16 The Crisis of October 1988 and Its Consequences 195
17 Algeria at War 213
Conclusion 231
Chronology (1830-2000) 243
Bibliography 269
Index 273
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