Egypt: A Short History

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Overview

"From Hyksos chariots to Egypt's latest venture in the desert, Egypt: A Short History is vintage Robert Tignor: concise, straightforward, and comprehensive. He manages to introduce primers on the sects of Islam, the trajectory of the Ottoman Empire, and other subjects ranging well beyond Egypt. And he gives fair warning: if you want to be mummified, your brain will be drawn out through your nose."—John Waterbury, American University of Beirut

"This is a masterpiece. In simple and accessible prose, Robert Tignor builds on his long and deep familiarity with Egyptian history, politics, and economy. The reader comes away with an understanding of what propels Egyptian history over the ages, and an appreciation of the key questions that beleaguer modern Egypt. This book will be of enormous value for general readers, students, and tourists."—Khaled Fahmy, New York University

"It's rare to get the entire history of Egypt between the covers of one book, but that is what this book does, providing a wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable sweep through Egyptian history. Robert Tignor is a great historian and this marvelous book displays his tremendous skill, experience, and knowledge."—J. G. Manning, Yale University

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education
Ambitious in scope, Egypt: A Short History provides an informative and readable account for the interested general reader.
— Anthony Gorman
Financial Times
Robert L. Tignor's ambitious Egypt: A Short History stretches from the Predynastic age to the present, tying the various periods together in a continuous 5,000-year narrative to create a lengthy history told in a short book. . . . Tignor writes with an easy, assured style, and his history becomes more focused and more authoritative as it progresses. He tells us it was conceived as an alternative guidebook for discerning tourists wishing to learn about more than just pyramids and pharaohs: as such—as an enjoyable book written by someone who clearly knows and loves Egypt and the Egyptians—it serves its purpose very well.
Middle East Journal
[O]ne could not write a better account of Egypt's history—a gift from a master historian at the conclusion of his career.
— Henry E. Chambers
Arab News
A brief look at Egypt's history can help us both understand the making of Egypt and the reasons behind what has already been dubbed Egypt's unfinished revolution.
— Lisa Kaaki
Times Higher Education - Anthony Gorman
Ambitious in scope, Egypt: A Short History provides an informative and readable account for the interested general reader.
Middle East Journal - Henry E. Chambers
[O]ne could not write a better account of Egypt's history—a gift from a master historian at the conclusion of his career.
Arab News - Lisa Kaaki
A brief look at Egypt's history can help us both understand the making of Egypt and the reasons behind what has already been dubbed Egypt's unfinished revolution.
From the Publisher
"Ambitious in scope, Egypt: A Short History provides an informative and readable account for the interested general reader."—Anthony Gorman, Times Higher Education

"Robert L. Tignor's ambitious Egypt: A Short History stretches from the Predynastic age to the present, tying the various periods together in a continuous 5,000-year narrative to create a lengthy history told in a short book. . . . Tignor writes with an easy, assured style, and his history becomes more focused and more authoritative as it progresses. He tells us it was conceived as an alternative guidebook for discerning tourists wishing to learn about more than just pyramids and pharaohs: as such—as an enjoyable book written by someone who clearly knows and loves Egypt and the Egyptians—it serves its purpose very well."—Financial Times

"[O]ne could not write a better account of Egypt's history—a gift from a master historian at the conclusion of his career."—Henry E. Chambers, Middle East Journal

"A brief look at Egypt's history can help us both understand the making of Egypt and the reasons behind what has already been dubbed Egypt's unfinished revolution."—Lisa Kaaki, Arab News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691147635
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Credits ix
Preface xi
CHAPTER ONE: The Land and People 1
CHAPTER TWO: Egypt during the Old Kingdom 26
CHAPTER THREE: The Middle and New Kingdoms 51
CHAPTER FOUR: Nubians, Greeks, and Romans, circa 1200 BCE-632 CE 80
CHAPTER FIVE: Christian Egypt 105
CHAPTER SIX: Egypt within Islamic Empires, 639-969 122
CHAPTER SEVEN: Fatimids, Ayyubids, and Mamluks, 969-1517 146
CHAPTER EIGHT: Ottoman Egypt, 1517-1798 174
CHAPTER NINE: Napoleon Bonaparte, Muhammad Ali, and Ismail: Egypt in the Nineteenth Century 196
CHAPTER TEN: The British Period, 1882-1952 228
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Egypt for the Egyptians, 1952-1981: Nasser and Sadat 256
CHAPTER TWELVE: Mubarak's Egypt 282
CONCLUSION: Egypt through the Millennia 311
Notes 321
Bibliography 327
Index 347

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