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<firstname.lastname@example.org> Hello, I think that Jeremy Keenan's The Dark Sahara offers an interesting viewpoint reflecting mainly local Tuareg perceptions of a 'conspiration' of the Algerian state against its own citizens. It is clearly written and based on the author's extensive first-hand experience of the area. However, my own perception (supported by may conversations with specialists of the question) is that it gives far too much credit to 'conspiration theories' circulating in North Africa and the Sahara, so for good measure I would recommend you also include for good measure a more neutral account of recent unrest in the Sahara, such as the following paper by eight authors analysing the deterioration of conditions which led to the break up of Mali's territorial unity: 'One Hippopotamus and Eight Blind Analysts: A multivocal analysis of the 2012 political crisis in the divided Republic of Mali.' It is to appear in the Review of Political Economy in the fall of 2013, but is available on-line in the meantime at the following address: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/history/news-events/mali-crisis.htmlUndergraduates should also find it not only illuminating but also easy to understand. Hope this can be of some help! Best regards, Berny ------------------------------**------------------------------**------------ Dr Berny Sèbe, D.Phil (Oxon.), FRGS Lecturer in colonial and post-colonial studies The University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law Ashley building, room 305 Birmingham B15 2TT, UK. Tel. + 44 (0)121-4146173 e-mail B.C.Sebe@bham.ac.uk Webpage: http://www.french.bham.ac.uk/**staff/sebe.shtml<http://www.french.bham.ac.uk/staff/sebe.shtml> --