A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present

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Anchor Books, 2009 - History - 382 pages
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In A History of Egypt, Jason Thompson has written the first one-volume work to encompass all 5,000 years of Egyptian history, highlighting the surprisingly strong connections between the ancient land of the Pharaohs and the modern-day Arab nation.


No country's past can match Egypt's in antiquity, richness, and variety. However, it is rarely presented as a comprehensive panorama because scholars tend to divide it into distinct eras—prehistoric, pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, medieval Islamic, Ottoman, and modern—that are not often studied in relation to one another. In this daringly ambitious project, drawing on the most current scholarship as well as his own research, Thompson makes the case that few if any other countries have as many threads of continuity running through their entire historical experience. With its unprecedented scope and lively and readable style, A History of Egypt offers students, travelers, and general readers alike an engaging narrative of the extraordinarily long course of human history by the Nile.

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Review: A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present

User Review  - Mike Goldin - Goodreads

7000 years of history is an extraordinary undertaking for such a brief book. Thompson's account is careful, referential and reverent; he rarely overreaches, and alludes thoughtfully to alternative interpretations of the canonical history. Read full review

Review: A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present

User Review  - John Lucy - Goodreads

Because of the drama of Egyptian life the past few years, Thompson's book, published in 2008, is already behind the times. Hopefully there is a newer edition of this book. Based on the way that ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Jason Thompson is a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Colby College.

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