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Interpretive Research Paper-Egyptian Ruling Elite The country I studied during this project was Egypt and the character I was assigned to was Ismail Pasha who was part of the Ruling Elite Ismail was the son of Ibrahim Pasha who took the throne after Said Pashas death He ruled Egypt from 1863 to 1879 He began his rule halfway through the American Civil War when Egypt experienced an immense growth in cotton trade due to the unavailability of American cotton Ismail did not control his money well He was concerned with making Egypt seem attractive to surrounding countries and nations Which would help migration to Egypt His attempts included throwing magnificent parties on just about any occasion he could come up with Although he was the darling of Europe social class profiles 1 he did not handle his money responsibly Ismail spent lavishly and was very unwise about handling his financial affairs thus leaving himself open for criticism He was committed to the Suez Canal project which he changed in two major ways First of all he constructed a freshwater canal and second of all he refused to provide an infinite amount of peasant labor In 1866 he changed the manner in which the leaders successors were chosen in Egypt This caused controversy between himself and the Sultan Abdulaziz around the time when the Suez Canal opened in 1869 The two later reconciled but it cost Ismail heavy expenditure which did not help his already growing debt The debt was eventually too much for Ismail to overcome or even come close to paying back He spent extravagantly and borrowed the money he needed but he could never pay it back He desperately tried to relieve himself of the burden he carried by several methods He stopped paying interest on Egypts loans stopped paying his officials and doubled the taxes on his people But the debt was just too overwhelming In 1876 England and France sent officials
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