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Rural Politics in Nasser's Egypt: A Quest for Legitimacy

Mayfield, James B. {Author} with George Lenczowski {Foreward By}

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ISBN 10: 0292701365 / ISBN 13: 9780292701366
Published by University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, 1971
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"In his well-researched study, Dr. Mayfield describes and analyzes the functioning of the Egyptian village as a political community embracing three interlocking organizations: the local branch of the Arab Socialist Union {ASU}, the centrally appointed administrative officials , and the village council. The purpose of the ASU is to act as the chief psychological agency of change and modernization.By undertaking and executing his mission of research with enthusiasm and distinction, Dr. Mayfield has not only enriched our understanding of the vital sector of Egypt's political process but has also written a lively story of absorbing human interest." {George Lenczowski}. This book has 288 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 061440

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Title: Rural Politics in Nasser's Egypt: A Quest ...

Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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On September 29, 1970, President Gamal Abdel Nasser died of a heart attack. The hysterical outpouring of grief at the state funeral dramatized the depth to which the loss of this charismatic leader shook the Arab world. Few men have achieved the love, prestige, and adulation that Nasser received from the Arab masses.

Yet, in reality, Nasser’s political life was a tragic story. This book is a careful analysis of Nasser’s belated attempts to modernize the rural areas of Egypt. It documents the political, economic, and social factors that made Nasser’s dream for his people unattainable in his lifetime.

Forced to choose between domestic needs and international challenges, Nasser’s attention was too often directed beyond the borders of Egypt. His vision of renewed Arab greatness, his dream of Arab unity, and his concern for Arab development often distorted his perception of his own country. While no one who personally conversed with Nasser doubted his sincere desire for a better life for the peasants of the Nile Valley, many noted his tendency to allocate resources more on the basis of dreams rather than the realities of Egypt’s domestic problems.

Granted permission to move freely through Egypt’s twenty-five provinces prior to the 1967 travel restrictions, James B. Mayfield had a unique opportunity to personally observe Nasser’s dramatic attempts to bring progress and development to his people. The two decades of Nasser’s rule colored and shaped events in Egypt for many years after his death.

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James B. Mayfield was Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah for thirty-one years and continues to work as a consultant with international development agencies.

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