Wounded pride and petty jealousies: private lives and public diplomacy in Second World War Cairo

Francis, Martin (2020) Wounded pride and petty jealousies: private lives and public diplomacy in Second World War Cairo. In: Noakes, Lucy, Langhamer, Claire and Siebrecht, Claudia (eds.) Total war: an emotional history. Proceedings of the British Academy, OUP, Oxford. ISBN 9780197266663

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Abstract

This chapter offers a case study of the affective registers of British imperial policy during the Second World War. It examines how the conduct of war and diplomacy by Sir Miles Lampson, British Ambassador in Cairo, was shaped by his emotional dispositions, in particular his domestic obligations and attachments, his insecure pride, and his susceptibility to jealousy and resentment. It locates Lampson’s personal negotiation between private feeling and public action in the broader context of the heightened emotional registers of wartime Egypt, where it became virtually impossible to quarantine intimate desires, especially romantic and sexual longings, within the private sphere. More critically, it also demonstrates how broader anxieties about Britain’s waning global hegemony during the Second World War were manifested in the various forms of psychological projection, displacement and compulsion exhibited by Lampson, and also in the Ambassador’s recourse in his statecraft to gossip and rumour.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Emotion, Second World War, Empire, Diplomacy, Egypt, Psychological Projection
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Depositing User: Claire Langhamer
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2019 16:11
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 14:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84552

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