By Joel; Lockman, Zachary Beinin

ISBN-10: 1850430764

ISBN-13: 9781850430766

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The large estates were usually worked by peasants who received a plot of their own in return for labor service, or were rented out to small tenants. There was little investment, even by wealthy landowners, in either mechanization or in other means of raising productivity. The majority of the urban population was en­ gaged in small-scale crafts and services, but the guilds, which had previously constituted the framework of urban economic life, had ceased to exist. There were very few Egyptian entrepreneurs who owned medium or large-scale industrial, commercial, or financial en- {S f 10 Introduction terprises.

Rosberg (eds. ) , Political Parties and National Integration in Tropical Africa (Berkeley, 1964) , pp. 340-3 8 1 . 10. Frantz Fanon, The Wretched o f the Earth (New York, 1968), especially pp . 1 0 6-1 0 9 . 1 1 . J o hn Saul, "The Labour Aristocracy Thesis Reconsidered," in Richard Sandbrook and Robin Cohen (eds. Glass (Toronto, 1 9 7 5 ) , pp. 3 0 3-3 1 0 . 1 2 . Thomas Hodgkin, Nationalism i n Colonial Africa (New York, 1 9 5 6 ) , especially chapter 4 . 16 Introduction maica,13 Nigeria,14 Kenya,15 Senegal, and Mali16-to name a few of the non-Middle Eastern examples which could be cited-as well as the countries of the Maghrib17 along with Sudan,18 Iran,19 Iraq,20 Syria,21 and of course Egypt have shown that despite significant local varia­ tions a common historical pattern can be discerned.

Workers participate in that movement largely through their unions which are often brought under the tutelage of nonworker nationalist politicians and activists . The socially conservative nationalist leaders willingly countenance worker militancy against foreign employers and the colonial state as long as such militancy can be controlled and serves as an instrument of pressure for achieving their political goals . In time, some sections of the workers movement come to reject the leadership of nonworker elements and seek to build an autonomous labor movement; some even insist that workers should play an inde­ pendent or leading role within the broader national move�ent.

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