This guide is designed to provide selected high-quality resources for those interested in the Middle East and North Africa. It features individual country pages as well as sources searchable by topic or country.
This is a deeply informed account of the exercise of power in Tunisia in the run-up to the revolt that forced its authoritarian ruler, Ben Ali, into exile. It analyzes the practices of domination and repression that were pervasive features of everyday life in Tunisia, showing how the debt economy and the systems of social solidarity and welfare created forms of subjection and mutual dependence between rulers and ruled, enabling the reader to understand how a powerful protest movement could develop despite tight control by police and party. For those wishing to understand the extraordinary events unfolding across the Arab world, this rich, subtle and insightful book is the indispensable starting point.
These books, available in Hillman Library, provide factual and historical information about Tunisia.
Concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia's political and economic development since the late nineteenth century. Draws on extensive primary and secondary research and on comparison with other countries in the region, to provide the most up-to-date introduction to Tunisia's post-independence politics.
Traces the history of Tunisia from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Examines the years of French colonial rule from 1881 to 1956, when the Tunisians achieved independence, then describes the subsequent process of state-building, including the design of political and economic structures and the promotion of a social and cultural agenda. In conclusion, Perkins reviews the years since 1987, when a new regime came to power.