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Egypt

British colony, imperial capital

By James Whidden

Egypt
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3934-4
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £21.00
  • Published Date: July 2019
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, British Empire, Egypt, Colonialism & imperialism, General & world history, History, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Middle East / Egypt, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Imperialism, HISTORY / General, Regional & National History, Middle East, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism

Description

This book is a comprehensive portrait of the British colony in Egypt, which also takes a fresh look at the examples of colonial cultures memorably enshrined in Edward W. Said's classic Orientalism. Arguing that Said's analysis offered only the dominant discourse in imperial and colonial narratives, it uses private papers, letters, memoirs, as well as the official texts, histories and government reports, to reveal both dominant and muted discourses. While imperial sentiment certainly set the standards and sealed the image of a ruling caste culture, the investigation of colonial sentiment reveals a more diverse colony in temperament and lifestyles, often intimately rooted in the Egyptian setting. The method involves providing biographical treatments of a wide range of colonials and the sometimes contradictory responses to specific colonial locations, historical junctures and seminal events, like invasion and war or grand imperial projects including the Alexandria municipality.

Contents

1 Introduction
2 Capitulations
3 Civilising mission
4 Projects
5 Colonial life
6 Imperialists and colonials
7 Conclusion
Index

Author

James Whidden is Professor of History at Acadia University

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