A Short History of Modern Egypt

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Cambridge University Press, 1985 - History - 151 pages
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The history of Egypt from the Arab conquest in 639 to the present day introduces the reader to the central paradox of Egyptian identity - the alienation of the Egyptian from his rulers, who until 1952 were foreigners, and the continuity of an area with fixed boundaries which has existed for millenia. The first three chapters deal with the Arab conquest, the age of the mamluks and Egypt's incorporation into the Ottoman Empire, while the later part of the book examines the early development of the modern state under Muhammad Ali, the liberal experiment after 1922, the Nasser years and the legacy Nasser bequeathed to his successors, Sadat and Mubarak. The author has now updated the volume to consider Egypt's role in the Gulf War and the ways in which the government has dealt with an increase in terrorism. Now that President Mubarak has been elected for a third term, the author asks if a new, more liberal direction is possible in the face of continuing uncertainty.

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It's rare that I enjoy a history book, but Marsot's writing style is so witty and sarcastic that it actually makes her account of things quite entertaining to read. She is a master of Mid East history. I have read most of her books and they are all excellent. Read full review


The Arab conquest of Egypt to the end of the Ayyubi dynasty 6391250
The age of the mamluks 12501516
The Ottoman age 15161805
The beginning of the state system 18051922
The liberal experiment 192252
The Nasser years 195270
From Sadat to Mubarak 1970 to the present day
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