NORTH AFRICA by Marie Rossi


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Rossi's slim, elegant essay focuses on the impact of Islam and Arab culture on the Maghreb, and examines the historical differences among the three Maghreb nations: relatively cosmopolitan, Europeanized Tunisia; primitive Algeria, which developed a national consciousness through struggle against the French; and complex Morocco, once the home of a brilliant civilization that conquered Spain -- later the most isolated, impenetrable of the three. The selective narrative makes the often confusing succession of dynasties and ruling peoples comprehensible and pinpoints the essential character of the nationalist governments in each of the three states today. Because Rossi compresses most of the usual atmospheric travelogue background and anecdotes into a few impressionistic asides, this fine introduction will be most suitable for mature students.

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 1974
Page count: 72pp
Publisher: Doubleday