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The Long 1890s in EgyptColonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance$
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Marilyn Booth and Gorman Anthony

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748670123

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670123.001.0001

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Internationalist Thought, Local Practice:

Internationalist Thought, Local Practice:

Life and Death in the Anarchist Movement in 1890s Egypt

(p.222) 8 Internationalist Thought, Local Practice
The Long 1890s in Egypt

Anthony Gorman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the activities of the anarchist movement in Egypt at the end of the nineteenth century. First formed in Alexandria and Cairo in the 1860s, principally within Italian circles, the movement expanded its membership and range of activities from the early 1890s on to become an active participant in public debates on education, the labour movement and public health and a subject of concern for state security organs. Internationalist in imagination but local in its programme of action, the chapter explores the movement’s response to the cholera epidemic in Alexandria in 1902 when it used the occasion to criticise the municipal government and promote its anti-state programme as well as demonstrate its commitment to direct action and self-organisation in dealing with the health crisis.

Keywords:   Anarchism, Italians, Cholera, labour movement, municipal government, Alexandria, state security, public health

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