Algeria - reading guide

The FLN war as depicted in the film Battle of Algiers

libcom's guide to further reading about class struggle and history in Algeria.

Submitted by Steven. on February 1, 2010

General Histories
Charles Robert Ageron, Modern Algeria: a history from 1830 to the present (1991)
Samir Amin, The Maghreb in the Modern World: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco (1970)
Mahfoud Bennoune, The Making of Contemporary Algeria, 1830-1987 (1988)
John P. Entelis, Algeria: The Revolution Institutionalized (1986)
James McDougall, A History of Algeria (2017)
John Ruedy, Modern Algeria: The Origins and Development of a Nation (2005)
Benjamin Stora, Algeria, 1830-2000: A Short History (2004)

Algerian War of Independence - Histories
Abder-Rahmane Derradji, The Algerian Guerrilla Campaign: Strategy and Tactics (1997)
Martin Evans, Algeria: France's Undeclared War (2012)
Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (1978)
Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (2008)

War of Independence Period – Primary Sources
Hamou Amirouche – Memoirs of a Mujahed: Algeria’s Struggle for Freedom, 1945-1952 (2014)
Henri Alleg, The Question (1958)
Paul Aussaresses. The Battle of the Casbah: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Algeria 1955-1957 (2004)
Simone de Beauvoir and Gisele Halimi, Djamila Boupacha : the story of the torture of a young Algerian girl which shocked liberal French opinion (1962)
Mohammed Bedjaoui – Law and the Algerian Revolution (1961)
Pierre Bourdieu, Algerian Sketches (2013)
Pierre Bourdieu, Picturing Algeria (2012)
Albert Camus, Algerian Chronicles (2006)
Gerald Davis, Algerian Diary: Frank Kearns & the “Impossible Assignment” for CBS News (2016)
Zohra Drif, Inside the Battle of Algiers: Memoir of a Woman Freedom Fighter (2013)
Frantz Fanon, A Dying Colonialism
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of The Earth
Frantz Fanon, Towards the African Revolution
Mouloud Feraoun, Journal, 1955-1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War (2000)
David Gaula, [url=]Pacification in Algeria, 1956-1958[/url] (1963)
Pierre Leulliette, St Michael and the Dragon (1964)
Robert Merle (ed.), Ahmed Ben Bella (1967)
Ted Morgan, My Battle of Algiers: A Memoir
Jules Roy, The War in Algeria (1961)
Jean-Paul Sartre, Colonialism and Neocolonialism (1964)
Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, Lieutenant in Algeria (1957)
Germaine Tillion, France and Algeria: Complementary Enemies (1961)

The Far Right in the War of Independence
Alexandr Harrison, Challenging De Gaulle: The O.A.S. and the Counterrevolution in Algeria, 1954-1962 (1989)
Paul Henissart, Wolves in the City: The Death of French Algeria (1970)
Joachim Joesten, The Red Hand: The Sinister account of the Terrorist Arm of the French Right Wing 'Ultras' - in Algeria and on the Continent (1962)

Independent, Socialist Period (Autogestion Era)
Thomas L. Blair, “The Land to Those Who Work It”: Algeria’s Experiment in Workers’ Management (1970)
Ian Clegg, Workers' Self-Management in Algeria (1971)
Ben Bella on "national liberation"

State-Capitalist Period (Boumediene Era)
Christian Andersson, Peasant or Proletarian?: Wage Labour and Peasant Economy During Industrialization : The Algerian Experience (1985)
Karen Pfeifer, Agrarian Reform Under State Capitalism in Algeria (1985)
Rachid Tlemcani, State and Revolution in Algeria (1986)

Civil War period (1990s)
Youcef Bedjaoui, Abbas Aroua, Meziane Ait-Larbi (eds.) – An Inquiry into the Algerian Massacres (1999, with a forward by Noam Chomsky)
Karina Bennoune, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism
Mahfoud Bennoune, How Fundamentalism Produced a Terrorism Without Precedent (1994)
Martin Evans and John Phillips, Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed (2007)
Robert Fisk, Robert Fisk on Algeria: Why Algeria’s Tragedy Matters (2015)
Robert Fisk, The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East (2005)
Luis Martinez, The Algerian Civil War

Anarchists texts
David Porter, Eyes to the South: French Anarchists & Algeria
Sail Mohamed, Algeria: The Kayble Mentality (1951)
Lucien Van Der Walt & Michael Schmidt, [i]The Anarchist Movement in North Africa: 1877-1951[/i]
Mohamed, Sail, 1894-1953 (biography)
Camus, Albert and the anarchists
The Algeria of Daniel Guérin, Libertarian
Address to Revolutionaries of Algeria and of All Countries – Khayati (S.I.)
Class Struggles in Algeria Khayati (S.I.)
Guigui-Theral, Albert, 1903-1982 alias Varlin

Other Recommendations
Osama W. Abi-Mershed, Apostles of Modernity: Saint-Simonians and the Civilizing Mission in Algeria (2010)
Henri Alleg, The Algerian Memoirs: Days of Hope and Combat (2011)
Henri Alleg, Red Star and Green Crescent (1985)
Pierre Bourideu, Algeria 1960: The Disenchantment of the World: The Sense of Honour: The Kabyle House or the World Reversed: Essays (1979)
Pierre Bourdieu, The Algerians (1962)
Zeynep Çelik, Urban Forms and Colonial Confrontations: Algiers under French Rule (1997)
Julia A. Clancy-Smith, Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (1997)
Allison Drew, We are no longer in France: Communists in Colonial Algeria (2014)
Patricia Lorcin, Imperial Identies: Stereotypes, Prejudice and Race in Colonial Algeria (1999)
Pamela Pilbeam, Saint-Simonians in Nineteenth-Century France: From Free Love to Algeria (2013)
Abdelmalek Sayd, The Suffering of the Immigrant (2004)
Letters from Algeria: the situation after the uprising - The Red Menace (1988)
Germaine Tillion, Algeria: The Realities (1976)
Eric R. Wolf, Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century