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Competing for History: <i>1930–1952</i>

Yoav Di Capua

in Gatekeepers of the Arab Past

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257320.003.0005
Competing for History: 1930–1952

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This chapter is about historiographical competition. It discusses the emergence of a full-fledged historiographical field, the circumstances that created it, the forces that shaped it, and the scholarship it produced. Special emphasis is put on the significance of history writing in a semicolonial environment. It ends with a preliminary comment about the actual experience of history writing in an atmosphere of political rivalry and struggle for independence. In discussing these issues, it examines a body of literature written during the twenty-five years that preceded the 1952 Revolution and analyzes its various perceptions of early modern Egyptian history from 1798/1805 to 1882.

Keywords: Egyptian history; Egyptian historiography; historiographical competition; semicolonial environment

Chapter.  20292 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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