Start Date

27-4-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2020 10:00 AM

Disciplines

History | Political Science

Subjects

Ismail (Khedive of Egypt : 1830-1895) -- History, Cairo (Egypt) -- Buildings structures etc. -- History, Egypt -- Politics and government -- 19th century

Abstract

The creation of the Suez Canal, in November of 1869, created an opportunity for Isma’il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, to reintroduce the world to a new, Europeanized Cairo. His vision required spending millions of British pounds to welcome international travelers who came to celebrate the opening of the canal. Isma’il Pasha’s “Europeanization” of the western side of Cairo from 1866 to 1879 ushered his country into decades of economic and political turmoil. While Isma’il’s extravagant spending created European inspired hotels, parks, cafe’s, and the Khedivial Opera House, these expenditures left Egypt indebted to European countries, particularly Great Britain, and international companies. Isma’il’s overspending on the reinvention of western Cairo, and the debt he accrued on behalf of Egypt, ultimately led to the British occupation of 1882.

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Cairo Under Isma'il Pasha: A Divided City

The creation of the Suez Canal, in November of 1869, created an opportunity for Isma’il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, to reintroduce the world to a new, Europeanized Cairo. His vision required spending millions of British pounds to welcome international travelers who came to celebrate the opening of the canal. Isma’il Pasha’s “Europeanization” of the western side of Cairo from 1866 to 1879 ushered his country into decades of economic and political turmoil. While Isma’il’s extravagant spending created European inspired hotels, parks, cafe’s, and the Khedivial Opera House, these expenditures left Egypt indebted to European countries, particularly Great Britain, and international companies. Isma’il’s overspending on the reinvention of western Cairo, and the debt he accrued on behalf of Egypt, ultimately led to the British occupation of 1882.