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Imagined EmpiresA History of Revolt in Egypt$
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Zeinab Abul-Magd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275522

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275522.001.0001

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Rebellion in the Time of Cholera

Rebellion in the Time of Cholera


(p.122) Five Rebellion in the Time of Cholera
Imagined Empires

Zeinab Abul-Magd

University of California Press

While forging a nation-state in Egypt, the British colonial regime peripheralized the south, through its liberal institutional and legal reforms, and indispensable assistance of local elites. Later it sought to reintegrate Upper Egypt through market-economy measures. The British capitalism in Qina province, in the form of a sugar company and an agricultural bank, brought about environmental destruction that generated a cholera epidemic. As a result, a nonnationalist, nonelitist rebellion of female and male peasants and laborers erupted in the province, against both the empire and its alleged nation.

Keywords:   British colonialism, market economy, bandits, cholera, sugar industry, agricultural bank, landownership, parliament

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