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Egypt: A Short History [New in Paper]

Egypt: A Short History [New in Paper]

by Robert L. Tignor


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Egypt: A Short History [New in Paper]

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691153070
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/02/2011
Edition description: With a New afterword by the author
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 1,029,551
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

John Waterbury

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


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

Khaled Fahmy

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

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