Redefining the Egyptian Nation, 1930-1945

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Overview

The emergence of nationalism in the l930s and l940s served to redefine Egyptian identity. The authors demonstrate how the growth of an urban middle class, combined with economic and political failures in the l930s, eroded the earlier territorial and isolationist order. Similarly, the momentum of Arabism abroad and the impact of events in Palestine, necessitated Egyptian regional involvement. Egypt's present position as a major player in Arab and Muslim affairs has its roots in the events of this period.
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"...a sophisticated, massively researched, and remarkable original study of Egypt in the 1930's and early 1940's from which all students of modern history can benefit." American Historical Review

"...this is a very well written book, theoretically well-informed, with a distinguished conceptual clarity supported by empirical evidence." Digest of Middle East Studies

"Gershoni and Jankowski find gold in the periodicals and books of the time; through extensive reading, they succeed in providing, as they call it, "an essay in Egyptian self-understanding." Middle-East Quarterly

"...a useful work for anyone interested in the military history of the Middle East." The NYMAS Newsletter

"...this is a well-organized and coherently argued study." Briton C. Busch, Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521523301
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1 The roots of supra-Egyptian nationalism in modern Egypt 1
Pt. I The intellectual formulation and social dissemination of new supra-Egyptian orientations and ideologies
2 "Now is the turn of the East": Egyptian Easternism in the 1930s 35
3 "The return of Islam": the new Islamic mood in Egypt 54
4 Egyptian Islamic nationalism 79
5 Integral Egyptian nationalism 97
6 Egyptian Arab nationalism 117
Pt. II Supra-Egyptianism in Egyptian politics
7 Egypt, Arab alliance, and Islamic Caliphate, 1930-1939 145
8 Palestine, public opinion, and Egyptian policy, 1936-1939 167
9 The road to the Arab League, 1939-1945 192
10 Conclusion: from Egyptian territorial to supra-Egyptian nationalism 212
Notes 220
Select bibliography 264
Index 273
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