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Saturday, July 8 • 9:30am - 11:00am
From Pan-Arabism to Internationalism: Socialist Movements in the Middle East

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Between 1920 and 1960, activists in the Middle East and North Africa were part of anti-colonial struggles, socialist parties and trade unions. Some of these groups were aligned with Pan-Arab tendencies, others were linked with the Soviet Union, and the remaining leaned more toward forms of internationalism. These movements experienced some success challenging imperialism, but they were also susceptible to authoritarianism and state capitalism, tying their fortunes to ruling states whose “socialism” did not include democratic control from below. This talk will look at the history of socialism in Egypt, Palestine, and Tunisia, and show how the socialist tradition in these countries related to Pan-Arabism, French imperialism, and Zionism—as well as the Arab radical tradition and "Third World" socialism more broadly.

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Edna Bonhomme

Edna Bonhomme is a scholar of the Middle East and North Africa who focuses on the history of epidemics, trade and imperialism. She is a socialist organizing in Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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