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This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders.?The author explores This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders.?The author explores these themes in a way that sheds light on the political dynamics of the broader Arabic-speaking, Muslim world. Christopher Alexander 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. Challenging the notion that Tunisia’s stability is rooted in a unique political culture, he argues that Tunisia’s stability reflects the pragmatic interests of a wide range of actors and the skillful maneuvering of the country’s two presidents. Concisely written chapters cover topics such as: state formation domestic politics economic development foreign relations colonialism An essential inclusion on courses on Middle Eastern politics, African politics, and political science in general, this accessible introduction to Tunisia will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this significant region.


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This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders.?The author explores This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous countries and one of its hardiest authoritarian orders.?The author explores these themes in a way that sheds light on the political dynamics of the broader Arabic-speaking, Muslim world. Christopher Alexander 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. Challenging the notion that Tunisia’s stability is rooted in a unique political culture, he argues that Tunisia’s stability reflects the pragmatic interests of a wide range of actors and the skillful maneuvering of the country’s two presidents. Concisely written chapters cover topics such as: state formation domestic politics economic development foreign relations colonialism An essential inclusion on courses on Middle Eastern politics, African politics, and political science in general, this accessible introduction to Tunisia will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this significant region.

26 review for Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb (The Contemporary Middle East)

  1. 5 out of 5

    M. M.

    No joke, the book ends with this sentence in the concluding paragraph: "...political change in Tunisia will not come about through some dramatic event that suddenly replaces the existing order with a new one." Oh the ironies of life. Goes to show you, never try and make predictions! Still, 5 stars. A book that's useful for anyone who wants to know more about Tunisia in a short amount of time. Would like to see a Part Two of it. No joke, the book ends with this sentence in the concluding paragraph: "...political change in Tunisia will not come about through some dramatic event that suddenly replaces the existing order with a new one." Oh the ironies of life. Goes to show you, never try and make predictions! Still, 5 stars. A book that's useful for anyone who wants to know more about Tunisia in a short amount of time. Would like to see a Part Two of it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean Carman

    This is an excellent political and economic history of Tunisia. Published last year (2010), it provides an excellent description of Tunisia's political and economic progress, and its relationships with its Arab and European neighbors, right up (of course) until the January Jasmine Revolution, which arrived only months after Dr. Alexander's study was published. This is an excellent political and economic history of Tunisia. Published last year (2010), it provides an excellent description of Tunisia's political and economic progress, and its relationships with its Arab and European neighbors, right up (of course) until the January Jasmine Revolution, which arrived only months after Dr. Alexander's study was published.

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