Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Egyptomania: American cultural representations of Egypt during the Cold War
by Puder, Christopher W., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 161; 1521600
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is an examination of the ways in which events in Egypt during the 1950s contradicted, confirmed, or changed the American perceptions of Egypt within the context of the Cold War. Through what has been traditionally known as Egyptomania, and otherwise described as the cultural fascination with ancient Egypt in the West, the author identifies a shift in how the United States perceived itself leading into the Cold War in regards to foreign policy and diplomatic relations with Egypt. Beginning with the end of World War II and up to the late 1950s, the author argues that as the United States gained its position as an international superpower following the war, its relationship with Egypt changed as contemporary Arabs gained a political voice through Gamal Abdul Nasser and the Free Officers Coup in 1952. As a result, the traditional perspective of Egypt as the land of the pharaohs, mummies, and temples was disturbed by contemporary Arabs who effectively came out of the margins and into the center field of focus.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schrank, Sarah
Commitee: Igmen, Ali, Wilford, Hugh
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: History
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern history, American history
Publication Number: 1521600
ISBN: 9781267790293
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