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- DescriptionBetween 1830 and 1870, French army officers serving in the colonial Offices of Arab Affairs profoundly altered the course of political decision-making in Algeria. Guided by the modernizing ideologies of the Saint-Simonian school in their development and implementation of colonial policy, the officers articulated a new doctrine and framework for governing the Muslim and European populations of Algeria. Apostles of Modernity shows the evolution of this civilizing mission in Algeria, and illustrates how these 40 years were decisive in shaping the principal ideological tenets in French colonization of the region. This book offers a rethinking of 19th-century French colonial history. It reveals t only what the rise of Europe implied for the cultural identities of n-elite Middle Easterners and North Africans, but also what dynamics were involved in the imposition or local adoptions of European cultural rms and how the colonial encounter impacted the cultural identities of the colonizers themselves.
- Author BiographyOsama Abi-Mershed is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University. He is the editor of Trajectories of Education in the Arab World: Legacies and Challenges (2009).
- Author(s)Osama Abi-Mershed
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication10/05/2010
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note15 tables, 4 figures, 2 maps
- Weight590 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine661 mm
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