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Tunisia and U.S. Relations
The Force of Obedience: The Political Economy of Repression in Tunisia by
Call Number: Hillman JC599.T8 H5313 2011
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.
Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb by
Call Number: Hillman JQ3330 .A44 2010
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.
A History of Modern Tunisia by
Call Number: Hillman DT263 .P47 2004
Publication Date: 2004
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.
These blogs provide information about daily life in Tunisia.