Re-envisioning Egypt 1919-1952

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Arthur Goldschmidt, Amy J. Johnson, Barak A. Salmoni
American Univ in Cairo Press, 2005 - History - 510 pages
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Re-Envisioning Egypt, 1919 -1952 presents new and often dismissed aspects of the constitutional monarchy era in Egyptian history. It demonstrates that many of the domestic and regional sociopolitical and cultural changes credited to the 1952 revolutionaries actually began in the decades before the July coup. Arguing against the predominant view of the pre-revolutionary era in Egypt as one of creeping decay, the volume restores understandings of the 1919 - 1952 years as integral to modern nation-state formation and social transformation. The book's contributors show that Egypt's real revolutions were long-term processes emerging over several decades prior to 1952. The leaders of the 1952 coup capitalized on these developments, yet earlier changes in Egyptian society fundamentally facilitated their actions and policies. This volume includes revisionist discussion of domestic political issues and foreign policy; the military, education, social reform, and class; as well as popular media, art, and literature. By introducing new approaches to these under-appreciated categories of analysis through explorationof untapped sources and by re-examining the political context of the time, Re-Envisioning Egypt, 1919 - 1952 proposes innovative methodologies for understanding this crucial period in Egyptian history, casting these years as fundamental to the country's twentieth-century trajectory.
 

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Contents

Reassessing Polity and Diplomacy
8
Art Cinema Literature
13
Reassessing Egypts Foreign Policy during
46
Revisiting the History of the Egyptian Army
68
Financial Cerberus?
94
Reconstructing Society Recasting History
123
The Cairo Fire of 26 January 1952
194
Social Action Social Discourse
218
Engendering a Modern Nation
315
Writing Women Medical Practitioners into
351
The 1919 Revolution and Nationalist Constructions
398
The Pioneers 192052
426
State and Cinema in PreRevolutionary Egypt 192752
448
Egyptian Historiography 191952
466
Conclusion
492
Selected Bibliography
503

The Mud Bearers of Egypts Liberal Age
277

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Arthur Goldschmidt is professor emeritus of Middle East history at Pennsylvania State University. The Middle East Studies Association recognized his work as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate students in the 2000 Mentoring Award.

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