• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Algeria came under French control in the 1850s. French settlers assumed political and economic power at the expense of the indigenous Muslim population. In Nov. 1954 the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN), representing the Muslim majority, declared open warfare against the French administration. Fierce fighting continued unabated until March 1962 when a ceasefire was agreed between the French government and the nationalists. Against the wishes of the French in Algeria, Gen. de Gaulle conceded Algerian independence on 3 July 1962.


Prime Minister Muslim Majority National Reconciliation French Settler Islamist Militant 
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Further Reading

  1. Ageron, C.-R., Modern Algeria: a History from 1830 to the Present. 1991Google Scholar
  2. Eveno, P., L’Algérie. 1994Google Scholar
  3. Heggoy, A. A. and Crout, R. R., Historical Dictionary of Algeria. 1995Google Scholar
  4. Roberts, Hugh, The Battlefield: Algeria 1998–2002, Studies in a Broken Polity. 2003Google Scholar
  5. Ruedy, J., Modern Algeria: the Origins and Development of a Nation. 1992Google Scholar
  6. Stora, B., Histoire de l’Algérie depuis l’Indépendance. 1994Google Scholar
  7. Volpi, Frédéric, Islam and Democracy: The Failure of Dialogue in Algeria, 1998–2001. 2003Google Scholar
  8. Willis, M., The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History. 1997Google Scholar
  9. National Statistical Office: Office National des Statistiques, 8–10 rue des Moussebilines, Algiers.Google Scholar
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