Ancient Egypt: A Social History

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 22, 1983 - History - 450 pages
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The rich and extensive floodplain of the River Nile can claim to be the cradle of one of the earliest and most spectacular civilizations of antiquity. Ancient Egypt: A Social History, first published in 1983, presents an innovative perspective on the ancient societies which flourished in the Nile Valley from the Predynastic period to the conquest by Alexander the Great. From the introduction of a subsistence economy through the establishment of the first agricultural communities to the development of urban centres and the political state, this volume traces the process of political, social and economic change. The emphasis on the social and economic aspects of Egyptian society and the integration of archaeological and historical data mark a new departure in Egyptian studies.
 

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This is a rather dry presentation of Egyptian social history. I think it brings out the limitations of the historical evidence more than anything else. For the general reader I recommend Trigger's later book, Understanding Early Civilizations, instead of this one. Read full review

Contents

The rise of Egyptian civilization
1
Predynastic Egypt
13
Early Dynastic Egypt
44
Conclusions
68
chronology of the Early Dynastic Period
69
Old Kingdom Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period c 26861552 BC
71
The royal family
76
The central administration
80
The Egyptian worldview
188
Internal history
202
The New Kingdom
203
The Third Intermediate Period
232
The onset of the Later Period
249
Egypts relations with Africa
252
Relations with Kush and the eastern desert
255
Egypt and Punt
270

Pious foundations
85
The Memphite court cemeteries
86
Provincial Egypt
96
The First Intermediate Period
112
The African hinterland
116
Egypt and the Mediterranean world
137
The Second Intermediate Period in Egypt
149
The Second Intermediate Period in Nubia
160
The Theban defeat of the Hyksos and of Kush
173
Explanations of historical change in the Old and Middle Kingdoms
174
New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period 1552664 BC
183
Egypt and Libya
271
The Late Period 664323 BC
279
Organization
288
Economic structure
318
Government
331
Foreign policy
337
Conclusions
346
Bibliographical Essays
349
Bibliography
365
Index
429
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