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A History of Modern Morocco [Paperback]

Susan Gilson Miller

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24 May 2013 0521008999 978-1107003279
Morocco is notable for its stable and durable monarchy, its close ties with the West, its vibrant cultural life and its centrality to regional politics. This book, by distinguished historian Susan Gilson Miller, offers a richly documented survey of modern Moroccan history. Arguing that pragmatism rather than ideology has shaped the monarchy's response to crisis, the book begins with the French invasion of Algeria in 1830 and Morocco's abortive efforts at reform, the duel with colonial powers and the loss of independence in 1912, the burdens and benefits of France's forty-four year dominion and the stunning success of the nationalist movement leading to independence in 1956. In the post-independence era, the book traces the monarchy's gradual monopolization of power and the resulting political paralysis, with a postscript bringing events up to 2012. This concise, readable book will inform and enthral students and all those searching for the background to present-day events in the region.

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'Told with wit, intimate knowledge and commendable brevity and pace.' The Times Literary Supplement

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This richly documented survey of modern Moroccan history by distinguished historian Susan Gilson Miller begins with the French invasion of Algeria in 1830 and charts Morocco's loss of independence, France's forty-four year dominion and the monarchy's post-independence political paralysis, taking events up to 2012. Concise and readable, this will enthral those searching for the background to present-day events in the region.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Synthesis with Flair 22 Oct 2013
By Diana Wylie - Published on Amazon.com
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Synthesizing decades of scholarship and enlivening them with her deep knowledge of the country, historian Susan Miller tells the story of modern Morocco from 1830 right up to the present, providing an excellent guide for university students as well as for serious travelers who want to know, and not just be seduced by, this enchanting land. Miller's exceedingly well-informed history fights successfully against those who would reduce Morocco's past to a simple story of a pious monarchy bludgeoned by foreign powers. Reality, as she shows, was much more complicated -- and fascinating -- than that. Her book is timely: it opens debate on what is Morocco's "authentic" history at the same time as Moroccans are newly questioning received ideas about their past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Morocco 15 Oct 2013
By howard - Published on Amazon.com
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Susan Gilson Miller has written an academic but accessible history of an area that has been neglected by scholars in the West. As a historian I appreciated the footnotes and bibliography, but if you are looking for a good overview, you should definitely include this work.
5.0 out of 5 stars original and beautifully written analysis of modern Moroccan history 14 July 2014
By Susan M. Kahn - Published on Amazon.com
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A fascinating, original and beautifully written analysis of modern Moroccan history. Every sentence a gem. Beginners and experts alike will enjoy and learn from this book. What scholarship should be.
5.0 out of 5 stars History of morocco 16 Jun 2014
By Dr. Priscilla F. Kauff - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent and thorough. Well written! A must for morocco travelers! You will be a far more knowledgable traveler with this book in hand
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked but vibrant Arab country 17 Sep 2013
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This is a part of the world that tends to get overlooked in Middle Eastern studies, but it has an interesting history. A key theme in the development of this country is a theme that runs in all Islamic countries: the problem of how to modernize while still being true to Islamic faith and culture. This dilemma has not yet been resolved and tends to result in conflict between liberal modernizers and hard-line religious fundamentalists. This history tends to focus mainly on government policy, acknowledging that such an approach is incomplete but necessary, as worm's eye history tends to suffer from a lack of sources. Morocco has been a monarchy for all of its independent history, but its monarchs for the most part have been outstanding if authoritarian leaders, and it remains to be seen if the Arab Spring will inflame this country the way it has inflamed other parts of North Africa. Morocco remains a popular tourist destination, which I intend to visit one day.
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