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History Talk: Of Flesh Pots and Gilded Speech: Finance, Colonial Rule, and the Politics of Material Wealth in Egypt, 1882-1914

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Room G529, 80 Fifth Avenue 80 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

The History Department presents a talk on the financial boom that gained Egypt the global reputation of a latter-day Eldorado in the early 1900s.

Amidst an explosive proliferation of new mortgage banks and land development companies, Britain’s “veiled protectorate” emerged as a key site for investment and experimentation in an era of worldwide financial expansion. However obvious it may have seemed to contemporary observers both within Egypt and abroad, this moment of extraordinary—though fleeting—prosperity has barely registered in studies of the British occupation of Egypt.

The talk, then, aims to explain why Egypt’s financial boom disappeared from history and how, in turn, an account of these transformations opens up new possibilities for understanding the politics of colonial rule in Egypt. Ultimately, the abstract and uneven character of financial boom and bust played a central role in shaping the concepts with which nationalists advocated independence and influenced their understandings of what a sovereign nation-state would look like.

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Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions

Audience

Students, Faculty

Division

The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Theme

Humanity, Society, Social Justice, International and Global, Politics, Policy and Government

Topic

Economics, History

Cost

Free; No tickets or reservations required.

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Approved JR 2/12/14

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