Book Launch & Author Talk: Susan G. Miller, "A History of Modern Morocco"


Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CMES, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102, Cambridge, MA 02138

Modern MoroccoThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program is pleased to present an author talk by

Susan G. Miller
Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis

Moderated by William Granara, CMES Director and Gordon Gray Professor of the Practice of Arabic, Harvard University

About the event:

  • A limited number of free copies of A History of Modern Morocco will be available on a first come, first served basis to Harvard students attending this talk (please have your Harvard ID available).
  • This is a brown bag (bring-your-own) lunch event. Cookies and beverages provided.

About A History of Modern Morocco:
Arguing that pragmatism rather than ideology has shaped the monarchy's response to crisis, the book begins with the French invasion of Algeria in 1830 and Morocco's abortive efforts at reform, the duel with colonial powers and the loss of independence in 1912, the burdens and benefits of France's forty-four year dominion, and the stunning success of the nationalist movement leading to independence in 1956. In the post-independence era, the book traces the monarchy's gradual monopolization of power and the resulting political paralysis, ending with the last years of Hassan II's reign, when Moroccan society experienced a sudden and radical opening. A postscript brings events up to 2012, covering topics such as Morocco's “war on terror,” the détente between the monarchy and the Islamists, and the impact of the Arab Spring.

Contact: Sarah Meyrick

As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES is partially funding this program with U.S. Department of Education grant funds. The content of this program does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.