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By Mary Dewhurst Lewis

After invading Tunisia in 1881, the French put in a protectorate during which they shared energy with the Tunisian ruling dynasty and, a result of dynasty’s treaties with different ecu powers, with a few of their imperial opponents. This “indirect” type of colonization was once meant to avoid the violent clashes marking France’s outright annexation of neighboring Algeria. yet as Mary Dewhurst Lewis exhibits in Divided Rule, France’s approach to governance in Tunisia really created an entire new set of conflicts. in a single of the main dynamic crossroads of the Mediterranean global, citizens of Tunisia— even if Muslim, Jewish, or Christian—navigated throughout the competing energy constructions to extra their civil rights and person pursuits and sometimes thwarted the goals of the French kingdom within the process.

Over time, those daily demanding situations to colonial authority led France to institute reforms that slowly undermined Tunisian sovereignty and changed it with a extra heavy-handed type of rule—a circulate additionally meant to thrust back France's ecu competitors, who nonetheless sought impact in Tunisia. In so doing, the French inadvertently inspired a robust backlash with significant ancient effects, as Tunisians constructed one of many earliest and such a lot winning nationalist events within the French empire. in keeping with archival examine in 4 international locations, Lewis uncovers vital hyperlinks among overseas energy politics and daily concerns of rights, id, and resistance to colonial authority, whereas re-interpreting the full arc of French rule in Tunisia from the Eighties to the mid-20th century. students, scholars, and a person attracted to the historical past of politics and rights in North Africa, or within the nature of imperialism extra commonly, will achieve a deeper figuring out of those concerns from this refined research of colonial Tunisia.

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