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Plant Cosmopolitism and Social Extraterritoriality: a Modern History of Ornamental Gardens in Egypt

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Vincent Battesti

Plant Cosmopolitism and Social Extraterritoriality: a Modern History of Ornamental Gardens in Egypt

- Original title:
Cosmopolitisme végétal et extraterritorialité sociale: une histoire moderne des jardins d’agrément en Égypte

Text in progress (to be finalized this summer 2014).
Actually, it has been submitted to the journal Revue d’ethnoécologie.
But this text has nearly a hundred pages and is unconventional size overpasses the usual format of an scientific article. So I consider two possibilities:

  1. Cosmopolitisme végétal: une histoire moderne des jardins d’agrément en Égypte (partie 1) (Plant Cosmopolitism: a Modern History of Ornamental Gardens in Egypt)
  2. Extraterritorialité sociale: une histoire moderne des jardins d’agrément en Égypte (partie 2) (Social Extraterritoriality: a Modern History of Ornamental Gardens in Egypt)

- Update 2015: I think more seriously to make a book of that work.

Palais du Prince Hussein, ca. 1880. Palais construit en 1872 et démoli en 1955 (coll. Max Karkégi).

- Abstract:

A modern history of ornamental gardens in Egypt is yet to be written, and this text is an outline. A “garden turn” took place in Egypt in the nineteenth century, because happens then a sum of these unprecedented real historical events. To assess this “garden turn”, we must get rid of a historical conception where an orderly succession of gardens styles would be observed. Even limiting the research to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the “medieval” gardens of Egypt then continue, in part, to exist. In doing so, it may also be a history of “contact” which is written there: how garden traditions of various origins intermingle on the banks of the Nile. And speaking of gardens, we always come up against the difficulty of drawing discrete sets in what seems to be a continuum of variations, a continuum that stretches whenever are invented or introduced new possibilities, new gardens dimensions. So they are several variables and not a succession of styles we need to follow (sort, size, openness to such public, location in relation to the city, intended use, location in relation to housing, specialization, etc.) to outline a modern gardens of Egypt ethnohistory.

Promenade de Choubra (Caire) - photographie de Gustave Le Gray (1862)
Original: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/...
Chrysanthemum hort. [as Pyrethrum hort.]
The garden. An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches [ed. William Robinson], vol. 16: (1879)
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Vincent Battesti, "Plant Cosmopolitism and Social Extraterritoriality: a Modern History of Ornamental Gardens in Egypt" [en ligne], in vbat.org anthropoasis, page publiée le 18 March 2014 [visitée le 23 March 2017], disponible sur: http://vbat.org/spip.php?article680.
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