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Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt's Road to Revolt

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Revolutions are difficult to understand and almost impossible to predict. Egypt’s 2011 revolt was no exception. The military’s abandonment of Mubarak—a turning point for the revolt—confounded many observers, who assumed that the leader and the generals stood or fell together. The officers, it was thought, ruled from behind the scenes and simply swapped the figures in the spotlight to preserve the status quo.

In a challenge to this conventional view, Hazem Kandil presents the revolution as the latest episode in an ongoing power struggle between the three components of Egypt’s authoritarian regime: the military, the security services, and the political apparatus. A detailed study of the interactions within this invidious triangle over six decades of war, conspiracy, and sociopolitical transformation, Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen is the first systematic analysis of how Egypt metamorphosed from a military into a police state—and what that means for the future of its revolution.

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Gripping analysis of Egypt's transformation from military regime to police state, on the road to revolution.

Synopsis:

Gripping analysis of Egypt’s transformation from military regime to police state, on the road to revolution.

Synopsis:

Revolutions are difficult to understand and almost impossible to predict. Egypt’s 2011 revolt was no exception. The military’s abandonment of Mubarak—a turning point for the revolt—confounded many observers, who assumed that the leader and the generals stood or fell together. The officers, it was thought, ruled from behind the scenes and simply swapped the figures in the spotlight to preserve the status quo.

In a challenge to this conventional view, Hazem Kandil presents the revolution as the latest episode in an ongoing power struggle between the three components of Egypt’s authoritarian regime: the military, the security services, and the political apparatus. A detailed study of the interactions within this invidious triangle over six decades of war, conspiracy, and sociopolitical transformation, Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen is the first systematic analysis of how Egypt metamorphosed from a military into a police state—and what that means for the future of its revolution.

About the Author

Hazem Kandil is a political sociologist whose work examines military-security institutions and revolutionary movements, with a special focus on the Middle East. He has taught at the American University in Cairo and the University of California, Los Angeles. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Cairo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844679614
Author:
Kandil, Hazem
Publisher:
Verso
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Series Volume:
Egypt's Road to Revo
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Africa » Egypt
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Gripping analysis of Egypt's transformation from military regime to police state, on the road to revolution.
"Synopsis" by , Gripping analysis of Egypt’s transformation from military regime to police state, on the road to revolution.
"Synopsis" by , Revolutions are difficult to understand and almost impossible to predict. Egypt’s 2011 revolt was no exception. The military’s abandonment of Mubarak—a turning point for the revolt—confounded many observers, who assumed that the leader and the generals stood or fell together. The officers, it was thought, ruled from behind the scenes and simply swapped the figures in the spotlight to preserve the status quo.

In a challenge to this conventional view, Hazem Kandil presents the revolution as the latest episode in an ongoing power struggle between the three components of Egypt’s authoritarian regime: the military, the security services, and the political apparatus. A detailed study of the interactions within this invidious triangle over six decades of war, conspiracy, and sociopolitical transformation, Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen is the first systematic analysis of how Egypt metamorphosed from a military into a police state—and what that means for the future of its revolution.

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