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An Inquiry Into The Algerian Massacres Hardcover – 1999

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  • Hardcover: 1495 pages
  • Publisher: Hoggar (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940130086
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940130085
  • ASIN: B001E54SEO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,864,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beau_type on August 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The quality of research in this massive volume is very high. A number of social sciences approaches are applied, with impressive results.

The volume is most useful for its overwhelming documentation of Algerian civil war violence. The topic is greatly under-covered and somewhat suppressed. This is because it falls square in the middle of "war on terror" and "Islamist v. secularist" debates in the US and Western Europe. This is unfortunate, because the available evidence offers pretty straightforward picture of a dirty war, wherein state forces, directed largely out of top military intelligence circles, staged numerous incidents that were blamed on the opposition party (FIS) and its allies. The military then appears to have used these false-flag incidents as a pretext for wholesale repression.

This work, which dates from 1999, offers close scrutiny to claims made by all sides, and supplies ample evidence. It is at times tendentious in its criticism of state actors and their use of violence, but the analysis is generally dispassionate, well-sourced, and closely argued.

The whole of the work is an accumulated body of evidence and analysis supporting the thesis of a state-waged terror campaign against all forms of opposition and dissidence, focused especially on grassroots activists operating within an Islamist framework to generate a civilian government accountable to the people of Algeria.

At over 1000 pages, there is much to learn and discover here. The articles are well presented and summarized at the outset of each chapter.

This tome is also reviewed in the Middle East Journal. It is available for free online, as PDF, through the Hoggar Institute website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa A. on March 21, 2012
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The book is a wonderful research tool with great analysis. I am happy to have scored this at a reasonable price. The book is in excellent shape in a state that seems almost new. It exceeded my expectations.

And the seller sent it carefully packaged to keep it safe and the book arrived very quickly!
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