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Kenneth Perkins' book traces the history of Tunisia from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. After initially examining the years of French colonial rule from 1881 to 1956, when the Tunisians achieved independence, he describes the subsequent process of state-building, including the design of political and economic structures and the promotion of a social and cultural agenda. In conclusion, Perkins reviews the years since 1987, when a new regime came to power. Perkins' informed introduction is a necessity for those who study the region, and also for travellers who want more comprehensive information than most guidebooks offer. Kenneth Perkins is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He has worked extensively on North Africa and his research has taken him across the region. His publications include two editions of the Historical Dictionary of Tunisia (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997, 1989), Port Sudan: The Evolution of a Colonial City (Westview Press, 1993), Tunisia: Crossroads of the Islamic and European Worlds (Westview Press, 1986), and Qaids, Captains & Colons: French Military Administration in the Colonial Maghrib, 1844-1934 (Africana Pub, 1981).Read more
- Was the first English-language history of modern Tunisia
- Comprehensive, informed account from French colonial period to independence, touching on politics, economics and cultural and artistic trends
- By well-known scholar in the field
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- Date Published: December 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521009720
- length: 270 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- contains: 22 b/w illus. 5 maps
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. The march to the Bardo, 1835–1881
2. Whose Tunisia, 1881–1912?
3. Squaring off, 1912–1940
4. Redefining the relationship, 1940–1969
5. The independent state sets its course, 1956–1969
6. Regime entrenchment and the intensification of opposition, 1969–1987
7. Constancy and innovation in the 'new' Tunisia, 1987–2003.
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