Western Sahara: Reasons for Extemporaneous Colonization and Decolonization, 1885–1975


Jesús Martínez-Milán, PhD (Author) – Senior Lecturer in Economic History/Lecturer in International Relations, University of las Palmas of Grand Canary, Spain; University of the Americans, Puebla, México
Claudia Barona Castañeda (Author) – Professor and Social Science Research specialist, Department of International Relations and Political Science, University of the Americans, Puebla, Mexico

Series: African Studies
BISAC: HIS001030
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/GYPE3794

This book discusses some of the most controversial themes in the Hispanic colonial historiography of recent years. Its objective is to offer a synthesis about Spain’s presence in the Occidental Sahara between 1885 and 1975 to show that the processes of colonization and decolonization were unseasonable to the historic context in which they took place. Addressing an English-speaking population with the objective to provide the most complete information possible on a subject matter which continues to be in the public light as a result of an unfinished decolonization process, this work is enriched with research work recently done on different aspects of this subject.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Saharan Space at the End of the XIX Century and Beginning of the XX Century

Chapter 2. “Slowly and by the Coast.” The Slow Process of Colonial Penetration and the Spanish Indigenous Policy (1885-1939)

Chapter 3. French-Spanish Interests in the Region in the First Third of the 20th Century

Chapter 4. The Sahara under the Franco Regime, 1940-1973: Institutional Changes and Political Developments

Chapter 5. Natural Resources and Public Investment

Chapter 6. The “Blindness” of the Regime. From Colonia ad infinitum to the Hasty Exit, 1974-1975




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