Between 1882 and 1922, Egypt was ruled by the British Empire. It was governed in a unique way that is often considered typical of the British however. What was this?

Answer: It was governed by ‘anomalies’. For instance, for a majority of the duration Egypt technically belonged to another power, the Ottoman Empire; Britain only ‘advised’ the government of Egypt, but its advice had to be followed; and Britain’s representative until 1914 held the unimpressive title of agent and consul-general, but, in effect, ruled the country.

Source: The Cambridge History of Egypt II by M.W. Daly

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