Hidalgo, Nate B4, World History & Geography 1-10-13 Algeria Imperialism Essay The number one source of income for Algerians was the imports and exports through trading harbors on the coast of their country. The French have began too created and enforce French Assimilation onto Algeria and it’s people. Algeria is on the Northern Coast of Africa with all its major cities and capital along the coast. The city most pursued was the capital, Algiers. This was sought after the most because it was the central port harbor for most exports and imports.
This country has, since it’s beginning, been an average underdeveloped African country; with tribes of native languages and all separate cultures. Imperialism is the overthrowing or taking of one country by another; this is demonstrated during the early 1900’s. In the country of Algeria, French imperialism had a negative impact short term and a positive impact long term on its culture. During the first few years of the French Assimilation the economy was hit with a short-term negative impact. French imperialists took over and removed leaders sending the country into a depression and many cold wars.
After the depression, the country became more attractive to the French but the colonists fled soon after. With this Ben Bella, an Algerian patriot, later restored the countries economy. Through Ben Bella’s writings and organizations schools and mosques he was able to resurrect the economy; his motto was “Islam is my religion, Arabic is my language, and Algeria is my fatherland. ” Men like Bella and with the same beliefs were able to form The Ulama, which was a group of Islamic scholars and guardians of the faith, these men demanded religious freedom in Algeria.
The association contrasted and funded free schools and mosques throughout the country. France failed to colonize Algeria because the Algerians were loyal to themselves and their country, not the French. Some may argue that with the incoming of imperialism it completely destroyed life for Algerians; however, evidence demonstrates that they were in fact able to fend off the French from conquering the country and especially Algiers. Ben Bella establishing the Algerian Association of Muslim Ulama was able to inform the Algerian public about their common heritage and identity, this in return brought many Algerians together to save Algeria.
Not like the invasions of other religions in Algeria, Islam affected the everyday culture. Arabs that were persuasive and long lasting in the country spread all this. The effects Arabs had on people in Algeria were negative because they taxed them heavily, treated converts as second-class Muslims, and even enslaving them. Algerian society has undergone major changes since the mid-1980. The amount of urban communities has increased slowly, and in 1900 more than 50 percent of the population lived in urban areas, these places found mostly near the coast.
Due to the steep fall of oil prices in 1986 and inefficiencies in the public caused the government to start reforms securing the economic, social, and political sectors. The government shifted from its edgy system of decision making to a greater market force. Many countries and organizations try helping such as the World Bank, many changes have been happening in agriculture, banking, and prices in market, which changes the socioeconomic structure of Algeria. Between Napoleon’s downfall in 1815 and the revolution in 1830 the French were weak politically, economically, and also in there military.
Due to Algeria insulting the French, the French consul decided to blockade Algiers for three years. This drove them too going out to conquer another land where they’re culture, language, and way of life could be spread. For this they traveled too Algeria and began they’re imperialism. In the late 1800’s more than 1 million French-European settlers arrived and confiscated Muslim land in Algeria, this created an outgrowing colonial society that removed the majority of the Muslim population.
In March 1954 Ahmed Ben Bella, the ex-sergeant in the French army, joined eight other Algerians in Egypt to form a revolutionary committee that later became known as the National Liberation? Front. A few months later, the FLN launched its ?revolution for Algerian independence by executing attacks on public buildings, military and police posts, ? and communications installations. This not only gained Algeria’s independence but also finalized the French Assimilation occurring there.