The Map of Love Themes

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Colonialism

The Map of Love examines the British colonial administration of Egypt while it is going on in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries and at the poisoned legacy it leaves behind when finally it departs. One sees how opportunistic Britain found the sorry state of Turkey and quasi-independent Egypt too good an opportunity to pass up and garrisoned troops there from the 1880's. They bleed the Egyptians dry trying next to subdue the Sudan, directly to the south. We hear about the Suez Canal and the draconian colonial measures being taken in India, but the link between two is not brought out. Britain must hold and control Egypt and the Canal in order to hold onto the Gem of its Empire. Anna's first father-in-law and his friends in Parliament want Britain to get out of the colonial business for purely moral reasons. Anna's husband and his nationalist...

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