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The Casablanca Connection

French Colonial Policy, 1936–1943

By William A Hoisington Jr.

336 pp., 6 x 9, 24 halftones, 1 map

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5462-1
    Published: May 2019
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5463-8
    Published: May 2019

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Awards & distinctions

1985 French Colonial Historical Society Book Award

The Casablanca Connection examines France’s colonial policy in Morocco from the Popular Front to the end of the Vichy regime in North Africa, relating it to overall French imperial policy and placing it in a European and world context. At the center of this study is General Charles Noguès, resident general of Morocco from 1936 to 1943, who, during this period, provided the protectorate with purpose, authority, direction, and continuity. Noguès restored the precepts of colonial rule established in Morocco twenty-four years earlier by Marshal Hubert Lyautey, France’s most illustrious soldier-administrator. Nogues’s accomplishments made Morocco stronger for France than it had been in a decade. This “French peace,” however, was disturbed by the Spanish Civil War and World War II, and Noguès's well-intentioned but misguided decisions during this time ended his career amidst charges of collaboration and anti-Allied sentiment. Nevertheless, William A. Hoisington Jr. argues, Noguès had interpreted Lyautey's lessons with talent and originality.

Originally published in 1984.


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About the Author

William A. Hoisington, Jr. is professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He taught Modern European history, particularly French & French colonial history, until his retirement from UIC in 2000.
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"An important study ... of France's Moroccan policies in the 1930s and of her enigmatic proconsul, Charles Noguès ... It also treats from a hitherto neglected colonialist perspective France's decision to abandon the struggle with Hitler in June 1940, and her reluctance to re-enter the war on the side of the allies in November 1942."--Douglas Porch, author of The Conquest of Morocco