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Gatekeepers of the Arab PastHistorians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt$
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Yoav Di-Capua

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257320

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257320.001.0001

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Competing for History: 1930–1952

Competing for History: 1930–1952

(p.141) 4 Competing for History: 1930–1952
Gatekeepers of the Arab Past

Yoav Di Capua

University of California Press

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

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