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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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(p.121) 5 Money
Identifying with Nationality

Will Hanley

Columbia University Press

Money—as wealth and as currency—was a medium for the spread of nationality in Alexandria. The wealthy were the earliest adopters of nationality practices, such as the use of passports for travel and the acquisition of foreign protection. Poor foreigners, meanwhile, were a burden on foreign communities and consular authorities. This chapter pays special attention to a set of civil and probate cases concerning money-lending and debt, which was a critical line between rich and poor and between foreign and local rights. It also examines official concern over forged currency, which was connected both figuratively and literally to institutional certification of personality through identity documents.

Keywords:   currency, counterfeit, money-lending, debt, inheritance, money

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