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Title: Moroccan policy towards the United States : A study in Moroccan society under the impact of Western penetration 1830-1912
Author: Al-Harithi, T. A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3405 9818
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 1987
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Morocco's strategic location, its society and its relations with the Mediterranean world all had their impact on relations between Morocco and the United States. After American independence, Morocco was one of the first countries to recognize the United States and as a result had better relations with the latter than any of the other North African countries before 163D. The reward for its friendly attitude was much needed when the French conquered Algeria and Morocco came under the threat of European expansion. During the period between 1830 and 1831,, Morocco's policy towards the United States was based on acquiring American support to fend off the Europeans. After 1871, the Moroccans simply classified the United States in the same category as the European countries. Moroccan policy towards the United States in the period between France's conquest of Algeria and its conquest of Morocco itself was affected by both external and internal affairs in Morocco. It was also guided by the reactions of the United States and the latter's growing interests in Morocco. During that period, three factors dominated Moroccan policy. First, Morocco's desire for American support to prevent further European expansion. Second, Morocco's need to resist American pressure when the United States joined in the European penetration. Third, the Moroccan attitude towards events affecting America such as the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The desire for suport was a key element of Moroccan policy during the first four decades following the conquest of Algeria. American reaction, however, was weak because it adhered to its traditional policy: the "Monroe Doctrine". The need to resist American pressure was a result of the United States' growing interests in Morocco. These were manifested in American support for the Jewish issue, its involvement in the system of protection and the arrival of its missionaries in Morocco. These new interests, together with those of the Europeans', damaged Morocco's legal system and economy and resulted in the collapse of Moroccan reforms. The only card left in Morocco's hand was prompted by competition against the European powers over Morocco. When the latter settled their competitions, Morocco lost its independence.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Moroccan-US relations to 1912