A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 2, 2011 - History - 432 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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A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present by Jason Thompson ★★★ I think this title is pretty self explanatory. It’s the history…of Egypt…5,000 years of it…in 380 pages. So it is a ... Read full review

Contents

The Gift of the Nile
1
Predynastic
10
The Old Kingdom
24
The First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom
43
The Second Intermediate Period and the New Kingdom
59
The Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period
83
Ptolemaic Egypt
97
Egypt in the Roman Empire
123
13
195
14
219
The British Occupation of Egypt
252
The Parliamentary Era
273
I8 Nasser
293
Sadat
317
Mubarak and Beyond
341
Notes
357

Coptic Egypt
144
The Advent of Islam
163
11
173
The Mamluks
189
1
364
59
371
219
380
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Jason Thompson is a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Colby College.


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