Egypt during the British occupation (1882-1922) was a strategically important site for securing British interests in the region. Most studies of Britons in Egypt during the occupation focus on the lives and activities of law-abiding British military and political elites. Using a variety of primary sources, this book deepens our understanding of the hidden British community beyond these elites - the lower and working classes, and those engaged in crime and misconduct - by bringing to light their demographic profile, socio-occupational diversity, criminal activities, and varying responses to the crises represented by World War I and the revolutionary period of 1919-1922. It will be essential reading for historians of British imperialism, Egypt, and the Middle East.
Lanver Mak has degrees from the University of Toronto, the American University in Cairo (MA in Middle Eastern Studies) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (PhD in History). Recently, has been Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, and has also published in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.