Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt (Studies in Environment and History)

Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt (Studies in Environment and History)

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Alan Mikhail
Cambridge University Press, 6/16/2011
EAN 9781107008762, ISBN10: 110700876X

Hardcover, 382 pages, 23.1 x 15.7 x 3 cm
Language: English

In one of the first ever environmental histories of the Ottoman Empire, Alan Mikhail examines relations between the empire and its most lucrative province of Egypt. Based on both the local records of various towns and villages in rural Egypt and the imperial orders of the Ottoman state, this book charts how changes in the control of natural resources fundamentally altered the nature of Ottoman imperial sovereignty in Egypt and throughout the empire. In revealing how Egyptian peasants were able to use their knowledge and experience of local environments to force the hand of the imperial state, Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt tells a story of the connections of empire stretching from canals in the Egyptian countryside to the palace in Istanbul, from the forests of Anatolia to the shores of the Red Sea, and from a plague flea's bite to the fortunes of one of the most powerful states of the early modern world.

an empire by nature
1. Watering the Earth
2. The food chain
3. The framework of empire
4. In working order
5. From nature to disease
6. Another Nile
the imagination and reality of public works
citations for cases enumerated in Tables 1 through 4.

Advance praise: 'This book adds an important new dimension to the historiography of Ottoman Egypt. The author makes very intelligent use of Ottoman administrative documents and Muslim court records from a variety of Egyptian locales in order to situate this critical region within the new cutting-edge scholarship on the role of the environment and natural resource management in history.' Jane Hathaway, Ohio State University and author of The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule, 1516-1800