Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
30 Dec. 1999 - 5 Jan. 2000
Issue No. 462
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20th century Special issue   

Gandhi Hitler
Years of horror, years of hope
Sabra and Shatila
Nasser and Che in Cairo Hiroshima
The Berlin Wall
SAVAGERY AND SANITY clockwise from top left: Gandhi; Hitler; Hiroshima; the Berlin Wall comes down; Bosnia; Guernica; Seattle; Sabra and Shatila; Auschwitz. Centre: Nasser and Che in Cairo
A short guide to 20th-century Egypt
Millenarian tunes
This century has witnessed struggle and liberation, war and peace, glowing triumphs and crushing defeats. How to sum it all up? In the following pages, Al-Ahram Weekly offers one interpretation of what the century has meant, for Egypt and the Egyptians. Below, we reflect on the trends that have shaped the past 100 years --and the crucial gaps in the telling of the story
1900 - 1909
1910 - 1919
1920 - 1929
1930 - 1939
1940 - 1949

1950 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - 1989
1990 - 1999

A brutal, brilliant century
The clash of the calendars
Why not celebrate the new year at the Pyramids? Then again, why not stay home? The millennium doesn't actually start until next year, anyway. Pascale Ghazaleh curls up with a good book
Not a happy ending
Globalisation and the market were celebrated as 'the end of history' at the beginning of this century, just as they are being celebrated today, at its conclusion. This is not a case of history repeating itself, however, writes Samir Amin. And capitalism's contradictions are sharper today than ever before
Science, globalisation and the social dimension
Will science liberate, or destroy us in the coming millennium? Mohamed Sid-Ahmed ponders the question
Past over present
Africa struggles to look towards the 21st century, but the appalling scars left by its brutal past ­ slavery and colonialism --coupled with the bitter disappointment over the post-independence promise, will take a long time to heal. Gamal Nkrumah reviews the history of 20th century Africa
Feminism in a nationalist century
The 20th century has been one full of national and social challenges. Margot Badran maps Egyptian women's struggle for liberation
A betrayal of history
As this century comes to a close, Fayza Hassan pores over travelogues, diaries, memoirs and journals, unravelling the threads that have led so many tourists and travellers, diplomats and anthropologists to Egypt in the past hundred years
Of things discovered in the deep
Egyptian men of letters of the century
Sketches by George Bahgory written by Youssef Rakha
Samir Farid:
Lights, camera... ... retrospection
Youssef Rakha:
Images of the idle city
Coffee shops, smoke and a breath of fresh air
A century in cartoons
Portraits of the century by Bahgory
Al-Ahram: A Diwan of contemporary life (318)
'Egypt is synonymous with the Nile'

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