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The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt


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List of Figures Introduction 1. The Greeks in Nineteenth-century Egypt 2. Benefiting from British Control, 1882-1919 3. The Rise of Egyptian Nationalism 4. Debates about the Future of the Greeks in Egypt 5. The Second World War Years and the End of the Mixed Courts 6. The Greeks and the Nasser Era 7. The Greek Egyptian Diaspora: Memory and Nostalgia Notes Bibliography Index

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The story of the Greeks in Egypt from Muhammad Ali to Nasser

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Alexander Kitroeff is associate professor of history at Haverford College, where he teaches courses on Modern European and Mediterranean history. Born in Greece, he studied in Britain, where he received his doctoral degree in history at Oxford University. His research focuses on nationalism and ethnicity in modern Greece and its diaspora, from politics to sports. He is the author of four books, including The Greeks in Egypt: Ethnicity and Class 1919-37 and Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics.


Alexander Kitroeff's magnificent book,The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt, is a work of great scholarly maturity and personal love. He offers a stimulating overview of modern Egypt's most populous and influential foreign community, based on many years of research, a comprehensive reading of sources, and a personal and deep connection with Egypt dating back to the late nineteenth century, when his great-grandfather emigrated from the isle of Chios and settled in Alexandria. -- Robert L. Tignor, Princeton University
A marvelously comprehensive historical study of one of modern Egypt's most important foreign communities, as rich in detail as it is sensitive to the complex nature of the community's internal structures, its adaptability in face of changing internal and external power relationships, and the nostalgia with which its surviving members now remember its sojourn in a wondrous land. -- Roger Owen, Harvard University
"This finely written book is a must-read for all those with an interest in the story of the Greeks in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt and the complex and intricate relations that existed between Egyptian Greeks (Egyptiotis), the Greek Orthodox Church, and the homeland." -- Mohamed Awad, Alexandrian historian and conservationist
This is the single best book on the role of the one-time flourishing Greek community in Egypt: richly sourced, wide-ranging, and subtle and complex in its judgments, by one of the world's leading scholars of the modern Greek diaspora. -- Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania

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