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Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order

Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order

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Mecca of Revolution traces the ideological and methodological evolution of the Algerian Revolution, showing how an anticolonial nationalist struggle culminated in independent Algeria's ambitious agenda to reshape not only its own society, but international society too. In this work, Jeffrey
James Byrne first examines the changing politics and international strategies of the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) during its war with France, including the embrace of more encompassing visions of decolonization that necessitated socio-economic transformation on a global scale along
Marxist/Leninist/Fanonist/Maoist/Guevarian lines. After independence, the Algerians played a leading role in Arab-African affairs as well as the far-reaching Third World project that challenged structural inequalities in the international system and the world economy, including initiatives such as
the Non-Aligned Movement, the G77, and the Afro-Asian movement. At the same time, Algiers, nicknamed the Mecca of Revolution, became a key nexus in an intercontinental transnational network of liberation movements, revolutionaries, and radical groups of various kinds.

Drawing on unprecedented access to archival materials from the FLN, the independent Algerian state, and half a dozen other countries, Byrne narrates a postcolonial, or South-South, international history. He situates dominant paradigms such as the Cold War in the larger context of decolonization
and sheds new light on the relationships between the emergent elites of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

Mecca of Revolution shows how Third Worldism evolved from a subversive transnational phenomenon into a mode of elite cooperation that reinforced the authority of the post-colonial state. In so doing, the Third World movement played a key role in the construction of the totalizing international order
of the late-twentieth century.


Author: Jeffrey James Byrne
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 09/15/2019
Pages: 408
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.10w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780190053772

About the Author

Jeffrey James Byrne is Assistant Professor of History at the University of British Columbia.

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