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The Conquest of Morocco

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Conquest of Morocco tells the story of France's last great colonial adventure. At the turn of the twentieth century, Morocco was a nation yet to emerge from the Middle Ages, ruled by local warlords and riven by religious fanaticism. But in the mad scramble for African colonies, Morocco had one great attraction for the Europeans: it was available. In 1903, France undert ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published May 27th 1986 by Fromm International (first published January 12th 1983)
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Erik Graff
Apr 15, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Morocco fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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This is a solid history of the French conquest of Morocco told from a primarily military point of view which I obtained at the town dump in Springfield, Vermont--a superb example of that state's concern for the environment.

While the history of French imperialism is just about as appalling as that of Britain or the USA, the story of waste management in Homer Simpson's Springfield, VT is inspiring. There, unless one hires a service to do it, people bring their waste to a central location which is
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Sean Mccarrey
There's nothing terribly shaky about the structure of this book. It's fairly straight forward, with the exception that sometimes Porch likes to drop the reader into a situation and then explain the way out, a tact that I believe is better left for T.V. and movies. The elements of this book all line up to be a fairly enthralling read about the trials and tribulations of the colonial world, but I found that a number of times I was left wanting for more of a climax in the story. I understand that t ...more
Robert Ayres
Interesting book on the French colonial conquest of Morocco in the pre World War I era of the early 1900s. Book is difficult to follow both because of the author's assumption that the reader is already familar with both the French and Moroccoan political situation and his his extensive use of Moroccoan specific vocabulary. He frequently uses the local vocabulary for geographic features, tribal names, tribal titles, etc without explanation leaving the reader at a loss as to whats going on. Unless ...more
Lucille
My grade 12 French ISU essay and presentation was about Morocco. I didn't know anything about the country before I started. I found the history very interesting. Morocco was so close to Europe witout the Europeans ever taking any notice. Then, almost all of a sudden in the 1800s, so many different countries wanted to take control of the formerly wild nation. The story of Morocco's conquest- largely attributed to the efforts of Hubert Lyautey- is a good story. The regime of the French didn't last ...more
Billy
Hard book to figure. There's very little written in English on the French experience in Morocco, so on the one hand this book is a welcome addition to the library. On the other hand, it is not an easy read, despite some wonderful snark at Lyautey's expense. The author does not really do a sufficient job explaining the Moroccan political scene (admittedly a difficult task) or the French one for that matter. The book needs to be much longer or much shorter.

Also, there is one map in the whole book.
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Christopher Saunders
Rambling account of France's efforts to subjugate Morocco. Porch is best with colorful details, providing vivid depictions of devious Frenchmen, decadent Moroccan officials and opportunistic cutthroats (including our friend Raisuli). Military buffs will enjoy Porch's accounts of obscure battles and campaigns. Porch is less successful drawing the political/imperial context that spurred France's intervention in the region. It lacks the tedious detail of Porch's Foreign Legion book but is also less ...more
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I have read this author's account on the French Foreign Legion and 'The Conquest of the Sahara' and this book is just as good as those two. Douglas Porch almost seems to have a inside line into what it must have felt like to be one of the actors of these great drama's. If you want to read a great book and learn something of the French involvement in the Middle East, you'll love this book and his others. Take the chance and buy a copy and then sit down and enjoy!
Alex
Good history of the French, Spanish (and somewhat German) conquest of Morocco. Interesting tales of the banditry and lawlessness outside the cities, and in the mountains.
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Douglas Porch is an American historian, academic and a Professor and former Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs for the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1967 and a Ph. D. from Cambridge University in 1972. He has been a professor of strategy at the Naval War College, a ...more
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