by Daniel E. Harmon


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The vast North African country of Algeria became independent in 1962 after a brutal eight-year-long war against France. Unfortunately, Algeria has not had a stable history, as various leaders have seized power through military coups. In 1991 a rising Islamist movement in the country led to a civil war that lasted for more than a decade and resulted in over 150,000 deaths. Algerians are still attempting to put the tragedies of the past behind them and rebuild their country.

Algeria is fortunate to control many important resources, including vast reserves of oil and national gas. However, since 2011 there have been numerous protects against the government, with people demanding more jobs, better housing, ad a more-open and transparent political system. Much work must be done to ensure a peaceful prosperous future for all Algerians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422221914
Publisher: National Highlights Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Series: Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
Pages: 79
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6

The Land 11

Algeria's History 21

Government and Foreign Relations 33

The Economy 41

Culture and People 49

Cities and Communities 61

A Calendar of Algerian Festivals 66

Recipes 68

Glossary 70

Project and Report Ideas 72

Chronology 74

Further Reading/Internet Resources 76

For More Information 77

Index 78

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