Colonial Bridgehead: Government and Society in Alexandria, 1807-1882


At the end of the eighteenth century, Alexandria was a small unimposing town; less than a century later, the city had become a busy hub of Mediterranean commerce & Egypt's master link to the international economy. This is the first study to examine the modern transformation of the city-the surges of internal & international migration; the spatial patterns of residence & employment; & the complex nature of intercommunal relations in the rapidly expanding port. Making use of both local government records & consular reports, the author argues that the history of Alexandria demonstrates a fundamental paradox of colonial urbanism: The city became more cosmopolitan & more closely integrated into the mainstream of Egypt's evolving economy & society. The product of these contradictory impulses was a community that was both bridgehead for colonial domination & crucible for an incipient nationalism.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1997


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