The 1919 Rebellion – The Struggle in Egypt Continues

Prior to the First World War, Egypt – nominally part of the Ottoman Empire – is effectively controlled by Great Britain. Following the war, it seeks to absorb Egypt fully into the British Empire.

In 1919, Egyptian nationalists travel to the Paris Peace Conference to propose independence but are arrested by the British and imprisoned on Malta.

This causes a popular uprising in Egypt similar to what is happening today. Several weeks of mostly non-violent strikes and demonstrations seize the country.

Revolt and negotiations last until 1922 when the British accept independence for Egypt and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. A monarchy corrupt and, decades later, overthrown.

The struggle in Egypt continues.


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