Egypt: Military Society - Anouar Abdel-Malek

Egypt: Military Society - Anouar Abdel-Malek

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This is the story of the fifteen years of Egypt's national revolution, bounded by two “Black Fridays”: Friday, January 25, 1952-after British armor took a heavy toll of Egyptian lives in Ismailia and the next day Cairo was set on fire by the extreme Right intent on blocking the path of the United National Front - to Friday, June 9, 1967, following the Six-Day War with Israel, when Gamal Abdel. Nasser addressed the peoples of Egypt and the whole Arab world. Egypt's armed forces had been severely hit, the Sinai occupied, the Suez Canal paralyzed, the air force practically wiped out as an operational unit; acts of treason, felony and conspiracy were open and rampant throughout -the land; fifteen years of hård-won achievements were severely endangered; the military power-elite had lost, at one stroke, all pretension of being recognized as a possible political leadership for Egypt; inflated hopes and real achievements were seriously called in question. The people of Egypt were awakening to a nightmare.

This is the story of those fifteen years—the final stage of “Egypt's national revolution”-and of the military regime of Nasser's Egypt, full of contradictions, contentions, repression of the Left.

This book deals, specifically, with the people of Egypt—the national movement, and the economic and social transformation in relation to the ideological struggle—between the two “Black Fridays."

Anouar Abdel-Malek, who has published widely in Egyptian affairs provides an authoritative analysis of his country that stems from an interpretation of Egypt's seventy-century-old history, and reveals the contradictions that lie at the very heart of this complex ensemble of tradition and modernity.

 

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