From Cairo to Baghdad: British Travellers in Arabia

Overview

Until the 1880s, British travelers to Arabia were for the most part wealthy dilettantes who could fund their travels from private means. With the advent of an Imperial presence in the region, as the British seized power in Egypt, the very nature of travel to the Middle East changed. Suddenly, ordinary men and women found themselves visiting the region as British influence increased. Missionaries, soldiers and spies as well as tourists and explorers started to visit the area, creating an ever bigger supply of ...

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Overview

Until the 1880s, British travelers to Arabia were for the most part wealthy dilettantes who could fund their travels from private means. With the advent of an Imperial presence in the region, as the British seized power in Egypt, the very nature of travel to the Middle East changed. Suddenly, ordinary men and women found themselves visiting the region as British influence increased. Missionaries, soldiers and spies as well as tourists and explorers started to visit the area, creating an ever bigger supply of writers, and market for their books. In a similar fashion, as the Empire receded in the wake of World War II, so did the whole tradition of Middle East travel writing.

In this elegantly crafted book, James Canton examines over one hundred primary sources, from forgotten gems to the classics of T. E. Lawrence, Thesiger, and Philby. He analyzes the relationship between Empire and author, showing how the one influenced the other, leading to a vast array of texts that might never have been produced had it not been for the ambitions of Imperial Britain. This work makes for essential reading for all of those interested in the literature of Empire, travel writing and the Middle East.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848856967
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Canton teaches at the Department for Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. He studied at Exeter and Essex universities gaining a PhD in literature. He has taught widely in the UK and Egypt, and has himself traveled extensively across the Middle East.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• List of Maps and Illustrations
• Introduction
• Missionaries and Pilgrims
• The Empty Quarter
• Imperial Wars
• Modernising Arabia
• Women in Arabia
• Baghdad and Beyond
• Southern Arabia
• After Empire
• Bibliography

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