Colonising Egypt /
Timothy Mitchell.
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
x, 218 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. --
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Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 208-213.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-03:
Mitchell examines the components that facilitated colonization of Egypt and its incorporation into the European world economy and political order. Focusing on the 19th-century World Exposition as perceived by Orientalists, Mitchell's multidisciplinary approach reveals "the essence of the modern state, of the world-as-exhibition." His purpose is to demonstrate "how a world comes to be ordered and experienced" and he successfully isolates and explains the "peculiarity and power" of this "particular historical practice." Beautifully organized, Mitchell's book is a rare achievement. Following paths opened by Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, Mitchell provides unique perspectives of British imperialism. Conversely, the book is less than history, but if this is "deconstruction history," let us have more! Its multidisciplinary bibliography defines the study's scope: W. Benjamin, M. Breal, E. Durkheim, A. Hourani, Ibn Khaldun, L. Mumford, E. Said, F. de Saussure, Taha Husayn, and M. Weber, among others. Interesting illustrations; good notes, index, binding, paper, and print. Important for public and academic libraries with collections on the Middle East, imperialism, and modern criticism. -V. H. Hein, Southern College of Technology
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Extending deconstructive theory to historical and political analysis, Timothy Mitchell examines the peculiarity of Western conceptions of order and truth through a re-reading of Europe's colonial encounter with nineteenth-century Egypt.

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