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The world was stunned when the entrenched regime of Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown on January 14, 2011. This massive popular revolt shook the foundations of a small country, and its profound ramifications have echoed throughout the wider Arab world. Many wondered why they had failed to grasp the extent of Tunisia's unrest. They also recognized a general i ...more
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Columbia University Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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Willis fills a huge gap in scholarship on geopolitics in (French) North Africa. Historians have typically focused on the influences ON the area (such as that by Europe or the Middle East) and have failed to draw out the more indigenous elements of the region. Willis draws these themes out and succeeds in providing a good political narrative of the region, domestically, regionally, and internationally from post-colonial experiences to 2011. However, he focuses on two dynamics, economics and polit ...more
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