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Tunisian nationalism refers to the nationalism of Tunisians and Tunisian culture.[1] Tunisian nationalism's origins stretch back to the 19th century; however, Tunisian nationalism became a significant political force after 1908 with the founding of the Young Tunisians movement, and the more significant Destour (Arabic for "Constitution) Party established after World War I.[1] The Destour Party called for Tunisian autonomy within the French Empire and that France should not dominate Tunisia's politics and society.[1] France responded by banning the Destour Party in 1933, resulting in the rise of a more radical nationalist party, the Neo-Destour Party being formed in 1934 led by Habib Bourguiba.[1] The Neo-Destour Party demanded independence of Tunisia from France, though it respected French and Western culture and sought to maintain close links with France after independence was achieved.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Motyl 2001, pp. 549.