Bank Misr and Egyptian Industrializaiton, 1920-1941 by Eric Davis, 211 pages
Effective exploration of a particular event, the development of an nationalization of the main Egyptian bank under British imperialism. The form of financial development, contested infrastructure and industrialization in wider context is pretty dry subject matter. Nevertheless, the book is made quite engaging, reaching to the wider nationalist tensions and ambitions of the period, and putting enough specific detail of individuals to make the work grounded. Ultimately it’s a compelling micro-study that’s effectively connected to wider analysis of nationalism, Arab identity formation, economic modernization, imperialism, and the intersection of the above.
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