Pan-Arabism before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question

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"This book aims to alter profoundly the accepted version of the history of post-World War II Egyptian foreign policy. Michael Doran convincingly demonstrates the absence of any true pan-Arab front from the very beginning of the Arab League. Pan-Arabism before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question argues that, in the late 1940s, Cairo pursued a single-minded foreign policy designed to drive Great Britain, the enemy of Egyptian independence, out of the Middle East. This struggle generated the secondary goal of Egyptian foreign policy: undermining the Middle Eastern states working to sustain British influence in the region." "While uncovering a significant dimension of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Doran also lays the foundation for a new understanding of Egyptian foreign policy. He argues persuasively that pan-Arabism, a policy that historians have traditionally associated with the rise of Gamal Abd al-Nasser in the middle 1950s, actually originated under the old regime." Pan-Arabism before Nasser is a bold rethinking of twentieth-century Middle Eastern politics and history, with key implications for both the study of the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict and the volatile politics of the Middle East in general. It will appeal to students, scholars, and professionals in several disciplines.
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"Doran's book remains a bold, original, and tightly argued interpretation of Egyptian foreign policy."—The New York Review of Books

"[Doran] breaking new ground regarding several key aspects relating to the development of Egyptian pan-Arabism in the 1940s...a perceptive, fresh look at the foreign policy of the Egyptian state at the end of the 1940s...Doran's book is indispensable."—American Historical Review

"He argues his case well, in considerable detail, and with specific and appropriate references and quotations from British and Arab documents, memoirs, and monographs."—Choice

"Doran's lucid analysis and bristling detail make this an important contribution to the literature."—Foreign Affairs

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Meet the Author

Michael Doran is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration and Terminology
Introduction 3
1 The Taproot of Egyptian Foreign Policy 9
2 In the American Era 44
3 The Keystone in the Arch 66
4 Palestine between the Regional Blocs 94
5 The Decision to Intervene 128
6 War and Containment 156
Conclusion 193
Notes 197
Bibliography 221
Index 227
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