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Author Brand, Laurie A., author.

Title Official stories : politics and national narratives in Egypt and Algeria / Laurie A. Brand
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 274 pages)
Series Stanford studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures
Stanford studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures.
Contents Restor(y)ing the state : national narratives and regime resilience -- Egypt under Nasser : the evolution of revolution -- Egypt under Sadat and Mubarak : rescripting revolution, redefining legitimacy -- Algeria from the liberation struggle through Boumedienne : historic to revolutionary legitimacy -- Algeria from Bendjedid to the dark decade : the narrative fractures -- Narrative rescriptings and legitimacy crises -- Epilogue the official narrative and the "Arab Spring" : the limits of revolution
Summary Until the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, the resilience of authoritarian regimes seemed a fundamental feature of regional politics. While economic, political, and internal security policies are most often considered in discussions of regime maintenance, Laurie Brand introduces a new factor, that of national narratives. Portrayals of a country's founding, identity, and bases of unity can be a powerful strategy in sustaining a ruling elite. Brand argues that such official stories, which are used to reinforce the right to rule, justify policies, or combat opponents, deserve
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-257) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Propaganda -- Africa, North -- History -- Case studies
Authoritarianism -- Africa, North -- History -- Case studies
15.80 history of Africa.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- Egypt.
Politics and government
SUBJECT Egypt -- Politics and government -- 1952-1970.
Egypt -- Politics and government -- 1970-1981.
Egypt -- Politics and government -- 1981-2011
Algeria -- Politics and government -- 1962-1990.
Algeria -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Subject North Africa
Genre/Form Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780804792325