World Cultures: Tunisia

World Cultures: Tunisia
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By: Taegen McCoy

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  • Hitler regarded Tunisia as an Italian influenced country, handing them over to the fascist government in Rome. The Tunisians then designed propaganda. The French permitted a nationalist government; however, ministers were exiled, outbreaks in terrorism occurred, and guerrillas operated in the mountains. 
  • German Occupation, here? In Tunisia?!
  • Decolonization of France in North Africa was dilemma for the U.S. and Soviet Union. It created difficulty due to interest in the region and value of what their relationship with the colonial power was. Although it caused tension between the superpowers, France was reluctant, as it was a non-violent process and helped to moderate nationalist leaders. 
  • That would be smart, yes.
  • Shall we decolonize North Africa?
  • The French Prime Minister, Pierre Mendes-France, promised to complete autonomy of Tunisia. Autonomy is defined as self-government. the agreement was made in June 1955; this imposed strict limits to foreign policy, education, defense, and finances. A Neo Destour ministry was also formed, a Tunisian politcal party.
  • Autonomy in Tunisia is what we need.
  • The United States has maintained representation in Tunisia for over 200 years. The American Friendship Treaty was signed, allowing for multiple benefits for both countries. There was an active military schedule (still meeting annually to discuss military cooperation). The United States provided economic and technical assistance throughout the Cold War, and had and still is supporting Tunisia's foreign investing with a variety of other countries.
  • U.S. Relation
  • During the cold war, Russia established an embassy in Tunis, while Tunisia created embassy in Moscow, Russia. They created a relationship based on trade and economic cooperation, similar to the United States. The Soviet Union  had helped implement the General Scheme of runoff water to north of the capital of Tunisia, as well as southern regions of the country.
  • Soviet Relation
  • The U.S. - Russian Cold War was a political and social upheaval of dramatic proportions. Specifically in Tunisia, it accelerated to nationalists movements, which grew for more years to come before German surrender over the country. The American focus on North Africa, relating to Tunisia, helped with economic recovery, and the pace of an anti-colonial struggle.
  • Post-War Upheaval is too dramatic for me.
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