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Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia : The Tragedy of Longevity - Derek Hopwood

Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia

The Tragedy of Longevity

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Published: 28th July 1992
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President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia was an Arab leader greatly admired in the West for his moderation and level headedness. He led his small country to independence after a prolonged struggle against the French coloniser. He suffered long periods of deprivation and imprisonment before he acceded to supreme rule. His country has much to thank him for but he ruled too long and ended his reign in the tragedy of senility and absolutism. This book is a sympathetic study of a long and fascinating life.

Early days - childhood and school 1901-24, poor student in Paris 1924-27; struggle for independence - in Tunis until the first arrest 1927-34, first experience of prison 1934-36, interlude of freedom 1936-38, under arrest a second time 1938-43, life abroad 1943-48, interlude of freedom 1948-52, third imprisonment and return home 1952-55; Tunisia under Bourguiba; decline and fall - removal; Bourguiba the man - the complexity of Bourguiba, death a lifelong obsession, illness the constant companion, all Tunisia's a stage, family relations, the tug of Islam, to be Arab or French?; the changing of names, the unbolting of statues.

ISBN: 9780333572627
ISBN-10: 0333572629
Series: St Antony's
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 28th July 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 21.59
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1