Resistance in the Desert: Moroccan Responses to French Imperialism 1881-1912, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Resistance in the Desert

Moroccan Responses to French Imperialism 1881-1912, 1st Edition

By Ross E. Dunn


296 pages

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This work, first published in 1977, is a study of African responses to European conquest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It centers on the Muslim pastoral tribes and oasis communities which inhabited southeastern Morocco, a semi-arid region on the northern fringe of the Sahara Desert. Between 1881 and 1912 the French army, advancing from Algeria, invaded and occupied this region. This book examines the decades of French conquest as an episode in African, rather than European, colonial or military history.

Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part One: The Southeast on the Eve of the French Conquest; 1. The People of the Desert Fringe 2. Nomads: The Dawi Mani’ and the Ait ‘Atta 3. Oasis-Dwellers: Tafilalt, Figuig, and Kenadsa 4. The Commercial Network; Part Two: Southeastern Morocco and the French Conquest; 5. The Southeast between France and the Makhzan, 1881-1900 6. The Aftermath of Touat, 1900-1903 7. Resistance and the Commercial Shift, 1903-1907 8. The Southeast in the Era of Mawlay ‘Abd al-Hafid, 1908-1912 9. Southeastern Morocco and Africa in the Era of European Conquest; Glossary of Special Terms and Tribal Names; Sources; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: World Empires

The 16 volumes in this set, originally published between 1919 and 1998, draw together research by leading academics in the area of World Empires and provide an examination of related key issues. The books examine French Colonialism, the German Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, as well as the effect European colonialism had in Africa and Asia. This set will be of particular interest to students of world history.

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HISTORY / General