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Famine and the Emergence of Popular Nationalism

Stacy E. Holden

in The Politics of Food in Modern Morocco

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033730
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033730.003.0009
Famine and the Emergence of Popular Nationalism

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Nationalist initiatives included soup kitchens for the poor and public sacrifices conducted before the masses, time-honored methods of forging sociopolitical networks of patronage. The success of these nationalist programs culminated in massive demonstrations protesting colonial rule in October 1937. To quell unrest, the French ordered troops to occupy the medina, thereby revealing, for the first time since the conquest in 1912, the coercive force underpinning colonial rule. This chapter demonstrates that grievances over the distribution of local resources, and not over legal rights, sparked the movement that eventually led to Moroccan independence.

Keywords: soup kitchens; Moroccan independence; famine; colonial rule

Chapter.  6398 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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