Two Centuries of Arab Economic Relations with the West: 1798–1997

  • Galal Amin
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series (STANTS)


I am very grateful to be asked to give a lecture which carries such an illustrious name. I first came across George Antonius’s famous book The Arab Awakening, in its Arabic translation, when I was nineteen. I had just joined the Baath Party which, I must say, was a very different thing at that time from what it is now. We were only three or four Egyptian members of the party at the time, and we were given free copies of George Antonius’s book, and asked to read it as an essential part of the education of young Arab nationalists. And indeed it was.


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