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Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria

Will Hanley


Nationality is the most important legal mechanism sorting and classifying the world's population today. An individual's place of birth or naturalization determines where he or she can and cannot be and what he or she can and cannot do. Although this system may appear universal, even natural, Will Hanley shows that it arose just a century ago. In Identifying with Nationality, he uses the Mediterranean city of Alexandria to develop a genealogy of the nation and the formation of the modern national subject. Alexandria in 1880 was an immigrant boomtown ruled by dozens of overlapping regimes. On it ... More

Keywords: nationality, citizenship, Ottoman, Egypt, Middle East, legal history, world history, colonialism and imperialism, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231177627
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Will Hanley, author
Florida State University

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