All The Pasha’s Men:Mehmed Ali,Hisarmy And The Making Of Modern Egypt

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American Univ in Cairo Press, 2002 - History - 334 pages
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While scholarship has traditionally viewed Mehmed Ali Pasha as the founder of modern Egypt, Khaled Fahmy offers a new interpretation of his role in the rise of Egyptian nationalism, firmly locating him within the Ottoman context as an ambitious, if problematic, Ottoman reformer. Basing his work on previously neglected archival material, the author demonstrates how Mehmed Ali sought to develop the Egyptian economy and to build up the army, not as a means of gaining Egyptian independence from the Ottoman empire, but to further his own ambitions for recognized hereditary rule over the province. By focusing on the army and the soldier's daily experiences, the author constructs a detailed picture of attempts at modernization and reform, how they were planned and implemented by various reformers, and how the public at large understood and accommodated them. In this way, the work contributes to the larger methodological and theoretical debates concerning nation-building and the construction of state power in the particular context of early nineteenth-century Egypt.
 

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Contents

Between Sultan and vali Syria and the nature of Mehmed Alis military expansion
38
The birth of an army conscription and resistance
76
From peasants to soldiers discipline and training
112
Beyond the facade of order the performance of the army
160
Behind the lines daily life in the camps
199
Mehmed Alis army and the Egyptian nation
239
The Egyptian Vali the Ottoman Pashas and the British Lord
278
Conclusion
306
Bibliography
319
Index
330
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Khaled Fahmy is associate professor of modern Middle Eastern history in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He is the author of numerous studies on the social and cultural history of nineteenth-century Egypt.

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