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A History of Modern Tunisia


  • 22 b/w illus. 5 maps
  • Page extent: 270 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.557 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 961.1/04
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: DT263 .P47 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Tunisia--History--19th century
    • Tunisia--History--20th century

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521811248 | ISBN-10: 0521811244)

Kenneth Perkins' book, which was the first English-language history of modern Tunisia, traces its story from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The years from 1881 saw the inauguration of French colonial rule, the creation of the nationalist movement and, finally, independence in 1956. Perkins examines the problems that were created by colonialism, and the measures undertaken to achieve independence. He then 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, he reviews the years since 1987, when a new regime came to power with promises of correcting the most widely perceived faults of its predecessor. Perkins' readable and informed introduction will be a necessity for students of the region, and also for anyone travelling there who wants a more comprehensive approach than most guide books can offer.

• 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


Introduction; 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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