Book Launch & Roundtable
Egypt’s Occupation: Colonial Economism and the Crises of Capitalism by Aaron Jakes
Monday, November 9, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST
Join us for a roundtable with Professor Aaron Jakes and Professors Benoit Challand, Nancy Fraser, Julia Ott, Emma Park and Ann Stoler.
The history of capitalism in Egypt has long been synonymous with cotton cultivation and dependent development. From this perspective, the British occupation of 1882 merely sealed the country’s fate as a vast plantation for European textile mills. All but obscured in such accounts, however, is Egypt’s emergence as a colonial laboratory for financial investment and experimentation. Egypt’s Occupation tells for the first time the story of that financial expansion and the devastating crises that followed. Aaron Jakes offers a sweeping reinterpretation of both the historical geography of capitalism in Egypt and the role of political-economic thought in the struggles that raged over the occupation.
Sponsored by Historical Studies Department at The New School for Social Research, the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, and the new graduate minor in Critical Perspectives on Democratic Anti-Colonialism.