Towards independence

For about fifteen years, editorials and top articles placed the reader on “the main roads of Franco-Tunisian understanding”. Firstly, it was a question of liquidating prejudices, and then recognising the legitimate aspirations of Tunisians. This earned the team the sympathy of intellectuals who were not very close to the Church, such as Elie Cohen-Hadri, André Duran-Angliviel and Charles-André Julien. Since the liberation of Tunis in May 1943, Tunisia’s problem was posed with a new acuity. French opinion accused the White Fathers that IBLA did not only study the evolution of Tunisians, but also guided them by suggesting ideas that the French did not have. The reproach was obviously naive and exaggerated. Tunisians did not need the White Fathers to be aware of their personalities. In addition to the studies of initiation to the Arab culture, the Review devoted a significant part of its pages to pure documentation, especially periodical articles. This option remains a priority up-to-date and explains the subscriptions of research centres and universities abroad.