Egypt

Egypt

by Joseph J. Hobbs
     
 

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Located in northeastern Africa, Egypt is the site of one of the world's oldest civilizations. From the time Lower and Upper Egypt were unified, around 3000 B.C., the Nile River became the center of Egyptian life and culture. Along the banks of this river-the world's longest-Egyptians produced extraordinary feats of art, architecture, literature, and astronomy. Despite

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Located in northeastern Africa, Egypt is the site of one of the world's oldest civilizations. From the time Lower and Upper Egypt were unified, around 3000 B.C., the Nile River became the center of Egyptian life and culture. Along the banks of this river-the world's longest-Egyptians produced extraordinary feats of art, architecture, literature, and astronomy. Despite these accomplishments, Egypt's power began to wane by the Late Dynastic period (1090-332 B.C.), and the land's accessibility made it vulnerable to invaders. In the fourth century B.C., Persia became the first foreign power to conquer Egypt. During the next 2,200 years, Greece, Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Umayyad Dynasty, the Ottoman Empire, France, and Great Britain took turns ruling Egypt. In 1922, Egypt declared its independence from Great Britain and once again became a sovereign nation. Today, most of Egypt's approximately 80 million residents live near the Nile River, including more than 7 million in Cairo, Africa's largest city.

About the Author:
Joseph J. Hobbs is professor of geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Conjure up an image of the Sphinx. Imagine standing at the foot of the Great Pyramids. Ponder on the tombs of the Pharaohs that dot a landscape that once held one of the most ancient and proud civilizations known to mankind. This land you are imagining is Egypt and it is the story of this place that is outlined in this volume of the "Modern World Nations" series. Egypt is no longer the powerhouse empire that it was under the reign of the ancient Pharaohs but it remains a vibrant and important land. A Muslim land, Egypt is founded upon that religious base but maintains a secular life as well. In this illustrated work Joseph J. Hobbs takes his readers on a journey through the ages of Egypt to the present day with a particular emphasis on the people, places and natural resources that are part of this Middle Eastern nation. In the end this approach works and results in a book that will be valuable to youngsters studying the Middle East and Egypt. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791071786
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Modern World Nations Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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