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  1. Egypt had one of the greatest civilizations in the historical world. Hence, it was only normal for the British colonists to be interested in the region during the scramble for Africa so that it could tap into the growing economy and its resources. The British assumed control over Egypt in 1882. The land grab started with one of the greatest architectural projects in the globe, a 102-mile canal that connected the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez in Egypt. The canal facilitated effective transport to and from Asia and Europe since ships were no longer necessary to travel the distance. It also compressed the space-time continuum, allowing better access to raw materials, markets, and affordable labor. The French came up with the Suez Canal and managed the project with the help of Egyptian labor and European money. Unfortunately, the canal placed Egypt in debt as it tried to modernize its schools, irrigation projects, harbors, and railroads using money from European banks.[1] Hence, the British jumped at the first instance of buying off the debt of Egypt to own the Suez Canal, and so the colonization began. How did the British deal with the French’s control of the Suez Canal?

Did the invasion and control of Egypt bring down the MENA? Egypt is a pivotal region in the Arab World, politically, geographically, and culturally. It is the home of the pyramids and pharaohs. It also controls the Suez Canal and the Nile, one of the globe’s most critical commercial pathways. I believe the invasion of Egypt by the British helped in elevating the financial status of Egypt by incorporating it into the world market. However, as Egypt grew into an economic powerhouse, the British stunted the growth of the country through protectionist policies that limited Egyptian goods to the British market, implementing a monopoly over items such as cotton, which were transported to

 

[1] William L Cleveland, and Martin Bunton. A History of the Modern Middle East, 5thed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2012, pp. 27..................GET A PLAGIARISM FREE COPY