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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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America—The Last Imagined Empire?

America—The Last Imagined Empire?

(p.147) Epilogue America—The Last Imagined Empire?
Imagined Empires

Zeinab Abul-Magd

University of California Press

On the eve of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the US administration was acting as another empire, a sole global hegemon, in the south and north of Egypt. American imperialism aimed to take place through the neoliberal dictum or by pressuring satellite regimes to transform their economies from remaining socialisms to free markets. The United States assumed its market model to be like a holy scripture: applicable to all times and places. The empire’s market failed in Egypt, and this failure created social disparities directly responsible for the outbreak of the 2011 revolution that Qina province joined. Qina was simmering with strikes of peasants and workers and operations of bandits against the repressive security apparatus.

Keywords:   US Empire, neoliberalism, January 25 2011 revolution, USAID, Mubarak, bandits, Luxor

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