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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
Times Higher Education
Ambitious in scope, Egypt: A Short History provides an informative and readable account for the interested general reader.
— Anthony Gorman
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
Ancient Egypt
If you love Egypt, then this book is an excellent introduction to its multi-faceted history and culture.
Choice
Senior history Tignor presents an elegant yet accessible survey that carries readers from predynastic times to the present. Illustrated with 25 color plates, two maps, and six figures, this work aims to please the sophisticated reader whose objective is to learn the broad contours of Egyptian political, economic, and religious history. . . . [S]tudents, tourists, travelers, and businesspersons alike will find this a useful text.
Egyptian Archaeology
[An] excellent summation of the flow of Egyptian history.
— Morris L. Bierbrier
Journal of World History
Tignor's book has arrived on bookshelves at a most fortuitous time, when the number of . . . general readers seeking information about Egypt is greatly enlarged, given the extensive media coverage of the 'Arab spring' of 2011. In Egypt: A Short History, this audience will find an invaluable guide to the impulses that have stirred Egyptians in both the recent and the distant past.
— Paul Sedra
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.
Egyptian Archaeology - Morris L. Bierbrier
[An] excellent summation of the flow of Egyptian history.
Journal of World History - Paul Sedra
Tignor's book has arrived on bookshelves at a most fortuitous time, when the number of . . . general readers seeking information about Egypt is greatly enlarged, given the extensive media coverage of the 'Arab spring' of 2011. In Egypt: A Short History, this audience will find an invaluable guide to the impulses that have stirred Egyptians in both the recent and the distant past.
European Legacy - Lavinia Stan
Clear prose, personal vignettes from his own travels to Egypt, perspectives and scenes familiar to any tourist in Cairo and Alexandria, and fine scholarship are all brought together in a book that could easily become a reference title for future generations, a title to be consulted by all those wishing to travel to that magical land.
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"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

"[T]horough, engaging, and accessible. . . . Concise and yet engagingly vivid, this outstanding little book should be enjoyed by any reader interested in Egypt or Middle Eastern history."--Joan W. Gartland, Library Journal

"Ambitious in scope, Egypt: A Short History provides an informative and readable account for the interested general reader."--Anthony Gorman, Times Higher Education

"[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

"If you love Egypt, then this book is an excellent introduction to its multi-faceted history and culture."--Ancient Egypt

"Senior history Tignor presents an elegant yet accessible survey that carries readers from predynastic times to the present. Illustrated with 25 color plates, two maps, and six figures, this work aims to please the sophisticated reader whose objective is to learn the broad contours of Egyptian political, economic, and religious history. . . . [S]tudents, tourists, travelers, and businesspersons alike will find this a useful text."--Choice

"[An] excellent summation of the flow of Egyptian history."--Morris L. Bierbrier, Egyptian Archaeology

"Tignor's book has arrived on bookshelves at a most fortuitous time, when the number of . . . general readers seeking information about Egypt is greatly enlarged, given the extensive media coverage of the 'Arab spring' of 2011. In Egypt: A Short History, this audience will find an invaluable guide to the impulses that have stirred Egyptians in both the recent and the distant past."--Paul Sedra, Journal of World History

"Clear prose, personal vignettes from his own travels to Egypt, perspectives and scenes familiar to any tourist in Cairo and Alexandria, and fine scholarship are all brought together in a book that could easily become a reference title for future generations, a title to be consulted by all those wishing to travel to that magical land."--Lavinia Stan, European Legacy

Choice

Senior history Tignor presents an elegant yet accessible survey that carries readers from predynastic times to the present. Illustrated with 25 color plates, two maps, and six figures, this work aims to please the sophisticated reader whose objective is to learn the broad contours of Egyptian political, economic, and religious history. . . . [S]tudents, tourists, travelers, and businesspersons alike will find this a useful text.
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
Egyptian Archaeology

[An] excellent summation of the flow of Egyptian history.
— Morris L. Bierbrier
Ancient Egypt

If you love Egypt, then this book is an excellent introduction to its multi-faceted history and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691153070
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2011
  • Edition description: New in Paper
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 288,620
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (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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