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Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya

Matthew H. Ellis


Desert Borderland is an investigation of the historical processes that transformed the local experience of place and political identity in the easternmost reaches of the Sahara Desert over the half century before World War I. Lying at the intersection of social and political history, the book shifts perspectives between an array of state and non-state actors to chart the region’s gradual evolution as a contested borderland between two distinct territorial domains—what would ultimately become the modern nation-states of Egypt and Libya. Desert Borderland challenges powerful nationalist assumpti ... More

Keywords: territoriality, sovereignty, borderlands, nationalism, imperialism, cartography, state-building, bedouin, Eastern Sahara, local identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503605008
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503605008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Ellis, author
Sarah Lawrence College