Egypt: A Short History

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Princeton University Press, Sep 12, 2011 - History - 392 pages
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This is a sweeping, colorful, and concise narrative history of Egypt from the beginning of human settlement in the Nile River valley 5000 years ago to the present day. Accessible, authoritative, and richly illustrated, this is an ideal introduction and guide to Egypt's long, brilliant, and complex history for general readers, tourists, and anyone else who wants a better understanding of this vibrant and fascinating country, one that has played a central role in world history for millennia--and that continues to do so today.

Respected historian Robert Tignor, who has lived in Egypt at different times over the course of five decades, covers all the major eras of the country's ancient, modern, and recent history. A cradle of civilization, ancient Egypt developed a unique and influential culture that featured a centralized monarchy, sophisticated art and technology, and monumental architecture in the form of pyramids and temples. But the great age of the pharaohs is just the beginning of the story and Egypt: A Short History also gives a rich account of the tumultuous history that followed--from Greek and Roman conquests, the rise of Christianity, Arab-Muslim triumph, and Egypt's incorporation into powerful Islamic empires to Napoleon's 1798 invasion, the country's absorption into the British Empire, and modern, postcolonial Egypt under Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak.

This book provides an indispensable key to Egypt in all its layers--ancient and modern, Greek and Roman, and Christian and Islamic. In a new afterword the author analyzes the recent unrest in Egypt and weighs in on what the country might look like after Mubarak.

 

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Contents

The Land and People
1
Egypt during the Old Kingdom
26
The Middle and New Kingdoms
51
Nubians Greeks and Romans circa 1200 BCE632 CE
80
Christian Egypt
105
Egypt within Islamic Empires 639969
122
Fatimids Ayyubids and Mamluks 9691517
146
Ottoman Egypt 15171798
174
The British Period 18821952
228
Egypt for the Egyptians 19521981 Nasser and Sadat
256
Mubaraks Egypt
282
Egypt through the Millennia
311
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
321
Notes
329
Bibliography
335
Index
355

Napoleon Bonaparte Muhammad Ali and Ismail Egypt in the Nineteenth Century
196

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About the author (2011)

Robert L. Tignor is the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Emeritus, at Princeton University, where he taught for forty-six years and served as chair of the History Department for fourteen years. He is the author of several previous books on Egyptian history.

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