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Progressive Arab nationalism was built upon a concept of emancipation. Emancipating states from imperialism, peasants from feudalism and creating truly independent and sovereign states. From 1952 to 1958, Arab nationalists aimed to free themselves from Western imperialism created by the presence of Western institutions, regimes and organizations in their lands that were used to project power and protect economic interests. The geographies and politics of Arab states were created as a method for Western powers to maintain their interests in the region. One such case was the concentration of ownership of land within a feudal class that served the world market. Progressive Arab nationalist institutions such as governments, political parties, newspa-pers, radio programs, schools and social movements were the motor of social change in the tradi-tional Arab monarchies. These institutions represented civil society the domain of the new Arab "effendiyya." Starting during the 1930s, Arab civil society fought a war of position against the hegemonic power of the traditional Arab monarchies and ultimately succeeded in establishing progressive Arab nationalist hegemony in Egypt, Jordan and Iraq
Arab Nationalism, British Empire, Effendiyya, Gamal Abdul Nasser, Land Reform
Date of Defense
April 2, 2012.
A Thesis submitted to the Program in International Affairs in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Includes bibliographical references.
Peter Garretson, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael Creswell, Committee Member; Mark Souva, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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