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Unlike most other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Morocco has had a stable government for centuries. Even when it was a French protectorate (1912-56), the Alaouite Sultans wielded centralized power. The reasons why are the subject of Stacy Holden's book, and the answers may come as a surprise.

Holden successfully argues that, rather than the importance of a theocratic government to the citizenry, the key factor in the government's stability is its ability to provide food to its people in an equitable manner, despite arid conditions.. Further, without apologizing for abuses of power, she suggests that an authoritative government may be the most logical form of government in the semi-arid lands of the Arab-Islamic world.

She offers a new interpretation of Moroccan history by demonstrating the ways in which the French policies regarding food distribution were consistent with those of the precolonial Sultans. In Holden's telling, it was the weaknesses of the French government--especially when faced with local drought and global recession that bankrupted the government--that led to its inability to provide food to the people and subsequently to the rise of popular nationalism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Food and Politics in the Arab-Islamic World
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Part I: The More Things Change...
  2. p. 15
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  1. 1. The Political Economy of Moroccan Hunger
  2. pp. 17-40
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  1. 2. Industrialism and Participatory Politics at the Water Mill
  2. pp. 41-64
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  1. 3. Commerce and Class Tensions at the Butcher Shop
  2. pp. 65-89
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  1. Part II: ...the More They Stay the Same
  2. p. 91
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  1. 4. The Economic and Political Order of Colonial Morocco
  2. pp. 93-118
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  1. 5. The Colonial Preservation of the Miller’s Trade
  2. pp. 119-142
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  1. 6. Fiscal Politics at the Municipal Slaughterhouse
  2. pp. 143-170
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  1. Part III: Continuity and Change
  2. p. 171
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  1. 7. Struggles for Scarce Resources in the 1930s
  2. pp. 173-196
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  1. 8. Famine and the Emergence of Popular Nationalism
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-262
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-275
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-285
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813045771
Related ISBN
9780813033730
MARC Record
OCLC
801847133
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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