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No country for a gentleman : British rule in Egypt, 1883-1907 /
William M. Welch, Jr.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, c1988.
description
xii, 164 p. : 1 map. --
ISBN
0313261342 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, c1988.
isbn
0313261342 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
issn
0163-3813
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2583778
 
Bibliography: p. [150]-160.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-02:
A well-written study of British administrative officials in Egypt, from the occupation in 1882 to the resignation in 1907 of Evelyn Baring, the Lord of Cromer, who had supervised the Egyptian government as British Consul. Welch (formerly of the American University in Cairo) stresses the evolution of how Egyptians were perceived by these officials. He also emphasizes the growth in understanding of their own role in Egypt, a territory in which they were supposed to merely correct the disorder that had resulted in British occupation. British officials soon came to persuade themselves they had a genuine mission to stay for an indefinite time. A more extensive view of the era is Robert L. Tignor's Modernization and British Colonial Rule in Egypt (CH, Dec '67). Cromer has detailed and defended his overrule in Modern Egypt (1908). Afaf Lutfi Sayyed-Marsot's Egypt and Cromer: A Study in Anglo-Egyptian Relations (1969) remains, however, the best source on the British leader. Undergraduate libraries. -B. Harris, Jr., Occidental College
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'œA well-written study of British administrative officials in Egypt, from the occupation in 1882 to the resignation in 1907 of Evelyn Baring, the Lord of Cromer, who had supervised the Egyptian government as British Consul. Welch (formerly of the American University in Cairo) stresses the evolution of how Egyptians were perceived by these officials. He also emphasizes the growth in understanding of their own role in Egypt, a territory in which they were supposed to merely correct the disorder that had resulted in British occupation. British officials soon came to persuade themselves they had a genuine mission to stay for an indefinite time.'' Choice
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Welch discusses the special difficulties of ruling Egypt, such as the anomalous administration, foreign interference, and national dissent, as well as the men who ruled and their perceptions of those they governed. Despite the many complexities that defined the scope of their work, British officials were able to accomplish a great deal during Cromer's tenure, a tenure which began by announcing its end and ended by proclaiming a new beginning. The many aspects of this crucial period in Anglo-Egyptian history are considered in the light of the long-term objectives of Cromer and his men, the nationalist response, and the general decline that occured toward the end of his tenure when the occupation was nearly complete. By the time of Cromer's departure, new circumstances cast a long shadow across the future of the occupation and threatened to undermine the achievements of Anglo-Egyptians.
Table of Contents
British Egypt: 1882-1907
The Imperial Mission and Its Enemies English Heads, Egyptian
Hands History by Ordeal Outflanking the
French Signs of Trouble No Country for a Gentleman
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