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The Algerian War [Hardcover]

Heather Lehr Wagner

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Jan. 1 2012 Milestones in Modern World History
An insult. A diplomatic crisis. A French king eager to cement his power. Many different factors led to the French invasion of Algeria in June 1830, but the result was the establishment of a French colony in North Africa that would last 132 years. For more than a century, Algeria was marked by sharp divisions between its European colonizers and the mainly Muslim people who had occupied the land prior to the arrival of French troops. Discrimination, prejudice, and injustice separated these two groups until a war for independence began on November 1, 1954. After nearly eight years of violence, Algeria became an independent nation in 1962, but a half century later, it remains a country haunted by violence and struggling to achieve stability and prosperity for its people. Read about this conflict in The Algerian War.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (Jan. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604139234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604139235
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is easily verifiable and should have been fact checked Sept. 1 2014
By Clarity - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I felt that this book offered a succinct and clear history of Algeria and then a more in-depth study of the brutal war for independence from France. I am reading this book for a country study that I am doing with my children (home school) and it appears adequate to the task.

However, I found an error in a sidebar that makes me question the fact checking and research in this book. I notified the publisher with the following: "There is a serious error in this volume. In the sidebar concerning Charles X (King of the French), it states that he was the fourth son and was not expected to become king. His older brother died at age 10 and the second oldest brother became Louis XVI, the next became Louis XVIII and finally he became Charles X. The sidebar states that one of his older brothers died by guillotine. THAT IS INCORRECT. Phillippe, duc D'Orleans (styling himself Phillippe Egalite during the Revolution) was a cousin via the cadet branch of the Bourbon dynasty. It was Phillippe's son who became King Louis-Phillippe after the July Revolution of 1830. This is easily verifiable and should have been fact checked."

I have enjoyed the book due to clear writing and very straightforward narration of events. However, I am no expert in Algerian history and the above-referenced error has me concerned about factual verity.

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