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All the Pasha's Men : Mehmed Ali, his Army and the Making of Modern Egypt - Khaled Fahmy

All the Pasha's Men

Mehmed Ali, his Army and the Making of Modern Egypt

By: Khaled Fahmy, Charles Tripp (Editor), Julia A. Clancy-Smith (Editor), Israel Gershoni (Editor), Roger Owen (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th November 2004
ISBN: 9780521560078
Number Of Pages: 356

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Khaled Fahmy offers a new interpretation of modern Egyptian history and the rise of Egyptian nationalism in a theoretically informed study. Basing his work on previously neglected archival material, the author demonstrates how Mehmed Ali built up the Egyptian army to further his own ambitions rather than as a means of gaining Egyptian independence. In this way, the book challenges traditionally held views about early nineteenth-century Egypt and the role of Mehmed Ali as the founder of modern Egypt. The book will be essential reading for students of the Middle East, Ottomanists, military historians and those interested in the construction of the modern nation state.

Industry Reviews

' ... Khaled Fahmy orients the focus of his research away from Mehmed Ali's character and towards one of his great achievements: the founding of a modern army in Egypt ... The book makes extensive use of the Egyptian national archives and itemizes much detailed information, but the over-riding argument is forthright. Egypt's new army did not give vent to an emergent tide of pent-up nationalism against the Ottomans 'as soldiers far from rushing enthusiastically to join the colors and defend the nation, came to view conscription as a heavy tax exacted by an already oppressive and intolerant regime' ... Fahmy's study makes both interesting and stimulating reading which is certain to provoke much discussion.' The Historical Association

List of illustrations
Note on transliteration, dates and references
Between Sultan and vali: Syria and the nature of Mehmed Ali's military expansion
The birth of an army: conscription and resistance
From peasants to soldiers: discipline and training
Beyond the facade of order: the performance of the army
Behind the lines: daily life in the camps
Mehmed Ali's army and the Egyptian nation
The Egyptian Vali, the Ottoman Pashas and the British Lord
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ISBN: 9780521560078
ISBN-10: 0521560071
Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 26th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.88  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.73