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Identifying with NationalityEuropeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria$
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Will Hanley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177627

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177627.001.0001

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Introduction: Nationality Grasped

Introduction: Nationality Grasped

(p.1) Introduction: Nationality Grasped
Identifying with Nationality

Will Hanley

Columbia University Press

The introduction makes the case for nationality as a useful category of historical analysis. It characterizes nationality as practical, novel, contingent, strategic, legal, and colonial. In conversation with scholarly histories of citizenship and the nation, the introduction argues that turn-of-the-century Alexandria, with its tremendous jurisdictional complexity, is a privileged place to understand the general phenomenon. The introduction closes with a summary of the sources and outline of the book.

Keywords:   nationalism, citizenship, nationality, colonialism, law, legal pluralism

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