Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East

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Overview

The working people, who constitute the majority in any society, can be and deserve to be subjects of history. Joel Beinin's state-of-the-art survey of subaltern history in the Middle East demonstrates lucidly how their lives, experiences, and culture can inform our historical understanding. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the book charts the history of the peasants and the modern working classes across the lands of the Ottoman Empire and its Muslim-majority successor-states. Inspired by the approach of the Indian subaltern Studies school, the book presents a synthetic assessment of the scholarly work on the social history of the region for over thirty years. Students will find it rich in detail, and accessible in presentation.

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"...vivid and interesting..." Middle East Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521621212
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Contemporary Middle East Series , #2
  • Pages: 226
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Beinin is Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. His publications include The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics, and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora (1998) and Was the Red Flag Flying There? Marxist Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Egypt and Israel, 1948-65 (1990).

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgments
Glossary
List of acronyms and abbreviations
Map 1 The Ottoman Empire, 1699-1914
Map 2 Egypt and Bilad al-Sham
Map 3 The Middle East in the twentieth century
Introduction 1
1 The world capitalist market, provincial regimes, and local producers, 1750-1839 21
2 Ottoman reform and European imperialism, 1839-1907 44
3 The rise of mass politics, 1908-1939 71
4 Fikri al-Khuli's journey to al-Mahalla al-Kubra 99
5 Populist nationalism, state-led development, and authoritarian regimes, 1939-1973 114
6 Post-populist reformation of the working class and peasantry 142
Notes 170
References 174
Index 199
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