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Workers on the Nile : nationalism, communism, Islam, and the Egyptian working class, 1882-1954 /
by Joel Beinin and Zachary Lockman.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1987.
xix, 488 p. : maps.
0691055068 (alk. paper) :
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1987.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [463]-478.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-11:
A book that is as likely to be of interest to the growing number of disciples of Marxist labor history pioneered by E.J. Hobsbawm and E.F. Thompson as to students of the history of modern Egypt. The authors (Stanford and Harvard, respectively) are clearly committed to the view that a reexamination of the living conditions and political aspirations of the working class is inseparable from the practice and writing of history. They have written a vigorous and well-documented study of the political and organizational structure of Egyptian trade unionism as an important if not determining aspect of the rise and development of Egyptian nationalism in the first half of the 20th century. They explicitly challenge traditional scholarship, which has long contended that nationalist sentiment in Egypt was confined, at least initially, to an intellectual and social elite as this group struggled to define its identity in relation to foreign imperial domination as well as to a predominantly Levantine (and therefore alien) comprador middle class. The authors argue instead that the scope and extent of Egyptian capitalist development, notably in such industries as textiles and transport, were sufficiently advanced to create an independent proletarian self-consciousness that exerted far greater influence on bourgeois political parties than is generally acknowledged. University libraries. -A. Silvera, Bryn Mawr College
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