The Cotton Plantation Remembered: An Egyptian Family Story by Mona Abaza PDF

By Mona Abaza

Cotton made the fortune of the Fuuda family members, Egyptian landed gentry with peasant origins, in the course of the moment a part of the 19th century. This tale, narrated and photographed through a friend who has researched and documented a number of elements of her personal historical past, is going well past the family members picture album to develop into an try to exhibit how cotton, because the major catalyst and author of wealth, produced through the start of the 20 th century totally separate worlds: one privileged and unfastened, the opposite surviving at a degree of naked subsistence, and indentured.
The development of lavish mansions within the Nile Delta geographical region and the landowners’ adoption of ecu existence are juxtaposed visually with the previous workers’ camp of the everlasting staff, which turned a village (‘izba), after which an urbanized payment. the tale is retold from the point of view of either the landowners and the previous employees who have been tied to the ‘izba. The ebook contains relations picture albums, images of political campaigns and of banquets within the geographical region, records and accounting books, sleek pix of the peasants, and photographs of everyday life within the village at the present time.
This is a narrative that fuses the non-public and emotional with the scholar’s indifferent ethnographic reporting—a really interesting, informative, and colourful view of lifestyles on either side of a uniquely Egyptian socio-economic establishment, and a vanished global: the cotton estate.

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