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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century$
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Andrew Porter

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.001.0001

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The British Occupation of Egypt from 1882

The British Occupation of Egypt from 1882

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(p.651) 28 The British Occupation of Egypt from 1882
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century
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Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid - Marsot

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.003.0028

Many contemporaries doubted neither the necessity nor the ultimate success of Britain's intervention in Egypt, designed to overcome the economic and political crisis of 1875–82. That there was some truth in Milner's description of Egypt's position on the eve of Britain's invasion is clear from the broad outlines of Britain's nineteenth century involvement with Egypt. British government pronouncements suggested that Britain's occupation was temporary, its intention being to ‘rescue’ Egypt from ‘disorder’ and the Egyptian throne from a nationalist movement, dubbed a ‘military mutiny’, and then to ‘retire’. There was in reality neither general agreement nor clearly conceived policy. British rule in Egypt was as authoritarian as that of the Khedives. For Imperial Britain, the occupation provided a naval base and strengthened control of an indispensable passage to Asia.

Keywords:   British occupation, Egypt, Imperial Britain, British government, British rule, Khedives, Egyptian throne

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