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Making MoroccoColonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity$
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Jonathan Wyrtzen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700231

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700231.001.0001

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The Space of the Colonial Political Field

The Space of the Colonial Political Field

(p.34) Chapter 1 The Space of the Colonial Political Field
Making Morocco

Jonathan Wyrtzen

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how French and Spanish colonial intervention forged a protonational territorial space in Morocco. It first considers the physical and human geography of state building in Morocco, with particular emphasis on precolonial and colonial conceptions of the state's territorial reach. It then explores how the French and Spanish in their respective zones moved in stages from goals of limited to total military control. It also discusses the completion of total pacification by the central government in the early 1930s, describing it as a historic watershed in the state's achievement of an unprecedented territorial monopoly on the use of force. It shows that total pacification transformed state space in Morocco, giving rise to a colonial political field characterized by new forms of territoriality and new modes of legibility.

Keywords:   colonial intervention, territorial space, Morocco, state building, military control, total pacification, territorial monopoly, colonial political field, territoriality, legibility

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