Historicising the Left in the Middle East: On Agency, Archives and Anti-capitalism

A Review of The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1860–1914 by Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

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Abstract

This article is a review of Ilham Khuri-Makdisi’s book The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1860–1914. I argue that this book is a valuable contribution to historiographies of the Left in the Middle East, a field that remains under-represented given the importance of labour to the nationalist movements as well as broader worker-activism in the region throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I review the main debates of the book, and raise critical questions about aspects that could have been probed further, among them the questions of imperialism and race in contexts such as Egypt and Lebanon, and the relationship(s) between workers and the radical intellectuals discussed throughout the book.

Historicising the Left in the Middle East: On Agency, Archives and Anti-capitalism

A Review of The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Capitalism, 1860–1914 by Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

in Historical Materialism

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