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Morocco That Was review · 109 ↠ Here are the vanished days of the unfettered Sultanate in all their dark melodramatic splendor a mingling of magnificence with sualor culture with barbarism refined cruelty with nave humor Until 1912 Morocco never suffered foreign domination and its mountainous interior was as closed to foreigners as Tibet Walter HarriIbet Walter Harris 1866 1933 though was the exception He first visited in 1887 and lived in the country for than thirty five years and as the Times correspondent had observed every aspect of its life He was an intimate of at least three of the ruling Sultans as well as King Edward VII and a man capable. Morocco That Was provides Walter Harris' account of his experiences in Morocco just prior to and immediately after the French Protectorate Mr Harris was a newspaper correspondent but importantly a widely known western operative within a country closed to manyMost historically important from this book is the author's first person account of the downfall of the reign of Mulai Abd al Aziz IV The story of this ruler provides a warning for all well intentioned leaders who fall prey to outside influencers whose incentives do not align Further the history of Mulai Abd al Aziz IV's relinuishment of the Sultanate provides ample explanation for any lack of trust that modern Moroccans might feel of outside influencers who lack allegiance to MoroccoIn addition for the lessons that Moroccans gleam from Mulai Abd al Aziz IV's Sultanate I learned many interesting anecdotes and historical examples of life in Morocco from this time period Although many examples may lack absolute truthfulness because of the author's propensity for self aggrandizement many of the examples provided in this book match with well established Moroccan history This history explains the brutality and difficulty present in the every day life of Moroccans during this period and the extraordinary challenges that the population faced because of a lack of effective central governmentHaving visited Morocco I was astonished by how far the country has come since this time period and also inspired by the sense of adventure that Walter Harris felt throughout his life

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Even of befriending his kidnapper It was said that only three Christians had ever visited the walled city of Chechaouen one was poisoned one came for an hour disguised as a rabbi and the other was Harris Originally published in 1921 Morocco That Was is alternately sharp melodramatic and extremely funn. Definitely racist and old 1900 but still valuable This is basically an true adventure tale where Walter Harris who seems to be a diplomat from England I think shares stories from the fall of the Moroccan royalty and it's replacement by FrenchEuropean powers Dry and almost certainly embellished at parts but worth a skim if you're interested

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Morocco That WasHere are the vanished days of the unfettered Sultanate in all their dark melodramatic splendor a mingling of magnificence with sualor culture with barbarism refined cruelty with nave humor Until 1912 Morocco never suffered foreign domination and its mountainous interior was as closed to foreigners as T. Fascinating A great book to read before going to Morocco which I will do at the end of March can't wait