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State and society in mid-nineteenth-century Egypt /
Ehud R. Toledano.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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xiv, 320 p. : ill. --
ISBN
0521371945
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
isbn
0521371945
catalogue key
869382
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-03:
Toledano (Tel Aviv University), author of The Ottoman Slave Trade and Its Suppression, 1840-1890 (1982), argues lucidly and persuasively that "contrary to perceived wisdom, the reign of Abbas was of pivotal importance in the middle years of the nineteenth century." Between the two modernizing and eventful thrusts of Mehmet Ali and Ismail lay this significant period of repose and readjustment, during which the dynastic order became entrenched, the Ottoman-Egyptian elite emerged, and the rural notables and urban middle class evolved. Toledano, nevertheless, stresses the continuity of the Ottoman historical and cultural patterns versus the tendency to see the early emergence of a distinct Egyptian state. It was a conservative rather than a reactionary era. With extensive footnotes and bibliography, with considerable research in the Egyptian National Archives, and with valuable historiographical reviews of various perspectives this is an important book for advanced undergraduates and above. -B. Harris Jr., Occidental College
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Previous studies of nineteenth-century Egypt have often been premature in identifying the existence of an independent nation state. In a way which will permanently affect our view of Egyptian history, this book argues that in the mid-nineteenth-century period Egypt was still an Ottoman province, with a provincial Ottoman elite which was only gradually becoming Egyptian.
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Previous studies of nineteenth-century Egypt have often been premature in identifying the existence of an independent nation state. In a way which will permanently affect our view of Egyptian history, this book argues that in the mid-nineteenth-century period Egypt was still an Ottoman province, with a provincial Ottoman elite which was only gradually becoming Egyptian. The author's valuable knowledge of Ottoman and Arabic as well as European documents and his use of a wide variety of sources, including police and court records, chronicles and travel literature, have enabled him to make an important contribution to a neglected period of Egyptian history and indeed to our understanding of other provinces and dependencies in the region.
Main Description
Previous studies of nineteenth-century Egypt have often been premature in identifying the existence of an independent nation state. In a way which will permanently affect our view of Egyptian history, this book argues that in the mid-nineteenth-century period Egypt was still an Ottoman province, with a provincial Ottoman elite which was only gradually becoming Egyptian. Part one discusses the creation of a dynastic order in Egypt, especially under Abbas Pasa (1848-1854), and the formation of an Ottoman-Egyptian ruling class. Part two deals with the non-elite groups, the vast majority of Egypt's population. A final chapter offers a convincing picture of the social and cultural life of the period in a way which has never before been attempted in a Middle East context. The author's valuable knowledge of Ottoman and Arabic as well as European documents and his use of a wide variety of sources, including police and court records, chronicles and travel literature, have enabled him to make an important contribution to a neglected period of Egyptian history and indeed to our understanding of other provinces and dependencies in the region.
Table of Contents
List of plates
Preface
Note on transliteration, dates, and references
Introduction: the forgotten years
The Ottoman-Egyptian Elite in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century: Introduction
Dissent and opposition
Creation of a dynastic order
The mainstay of dynastic order - the elite
The realities of office holding
The demon-image of Abbas Pasa: evidence and counter-evidence
The demon-image as a product of elite culture
The Social Divide and the Life of the Lower Strata: Introduction
The great social divide in Egyptian society
The rural squeeze - pressure and resistance in the countryside
Rural migrants and urban attitudes
The urban squeeze
The network of urban control
The use of unappropriated time
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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