An assessment by a journalist, about the future of Egypt, based on British administration and local culture and circumstances. An insightful commentary for anyone interested in modern Egypt and its politics – Dicey is largely unbiased and much of his passing comments possibly still hold true today, and provide a good background to subsequent events. Also included are descriptions of international politics during the time, such as the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.
My Relations With Egypt
Our Present Position in Egypt
The Eastern Question
Egypt and Europe
How Egypt is Governed To-day
The Future of Egypt
About the author (from Wikipedia):
Edward James Stephen Dicey, CB (15 May 1832 – 7 July 1911) was an English writer, journalist, and editor. In 1861, Dicey became connected with the Daily Telegraph, and his style and knowledge of foreign questions led to his being made a permanent member of the staff in 1862. Among his colleagues were Sir Edwin Arnold, an old school friend, Francis Lawley, and George Augustus Sala. He was a leader-writer for the paper, and also acted as special correspondent in the Second Schleswig War, and the Austro-Prussian War.
While in the East in 1869, he accepted an offer of the editorship of the Daily News, and held this post for three months in 1870. On leaving it he at once became editor of the Observer, and filled that office for nineteen years (1870–89), continuing to write for the paper for some time after he ceased to edit it.
Subsequently, he was a constant contributor to the Nineteenth Century, the Empire Review, and other periodicals. His interest in foreign politics remained keen, especially in the affairs of Eastern Europe. He was a frequent visitor to Egypt, and formed at first hand well-defined views of England’s position there, at one time advocating the annexation of the country by Great Britain. He was a strong supporter of friendly relations between England and Germany, and closely studied South African matters in later years.