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The Greek Exodus from Egypt

Diaspora Politics and Emigration, 1937-1962

Angelos Dalachanis

298 pages, 20 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-447-4 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2017)

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“The research in this outstanding study is of the highest order, unmatched by any other scholar working on the subject. With Dalachanis’s magnificent work, the Greeks now have a full account of their activities in modern Egypt.” · Robert L. Tignor, Princeton University

“This is an excellent, richly documented study of the final phase of the history of the Greeks in Egypt, the largest ethnic group in that country and one of the most important Greek diaspora communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is conceptually and methodologically well-crafted, and ultimately persuasive.” · Alexander Kitroeff, Haverford College

From the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, Greeks comprised one of the largest and most influential minority groups in Egyptian society, yet barely two thousand remain there today. This painstakingly researched book explains how Egypt’s once-robust Greek population dwindled to virtually nothing, beginning with the abolition of foreigners’ privileges in 1937 and culminating in the nationalist revolution of 1952. It reconstructs the delicate sociopolitical circumstances that Greeks had to navigate during this period, providing a multifaceted account of demographic decline that arose from both large structural factors as well as the decisions of countless individuals.

Angelos Dalachanis is a fellow of the French School at Athens. He received his doctorate from the European University Institute, Florence. He has taught at the Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Aix-Marseille University and the Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University from 2014 to 2015.

Subject: 20th Century History Refugee & Migration Studies
Area: Southern Europe

LC: DT72.G7 D36 2017

BISAC: HIS009000 HISTORY/Middle East/Egypt (see also Ancient/Egypt); HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; HIS042000 HISTORY/Europe/Greece (see also Ancient/Greece)

BIC: HBJD European history; HBTB Social & cultural history




Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations

Introduction

PART I: THE POLITICS OF REMAINING IN EGYPT (1937-60)

Chapter 1. End of an Era (1937–52)
Chapter 2. Egypt at the Forefront

PART II: STRUCTURAL INSUFFICIENCIES AND ADJUSTMENT

Chapter 3. The Labor Market
Chapter 4. Education

PART III: LEAVING EGYPT BEFORE 1960

Chapter 5. Mobility, Migration, and Repatriation
Chapter 6. Decongestion
Chapter 7. A Fulfilled Prophecy?

Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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