A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present

A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present


By (author) Jason Thompson

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 382 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 030747352X
  • ISBN 13: 9780307473523
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,052,870

Product description

In A History of Egypt," " Jason Thompson has written the first one-volume work to encompass all 5,000 years of Egyptian history, highlighting the surprisingly strong connections between the ancient land of the Pharaohs and the modern-day Arab nation. No country's past can match Egypt's in antiquity, richness, and variety. However, it is rarely presented as a comprehensive panorama because scholars tend to divide it into distinct eras--prehistoric, pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, medieval Islamic, Ottoman, and modern--that are not often studied in relation to one another. In this daringly ambitious project, drawing on the most current scholarship as well as his own research, Thompson makes the case that few if any other countries have as many threads of continuity running through their entire historical experience. With its unprecedented scope and lively and readable style, A History of Egypt""offers students, travelers, and general readers alike an engaging narrative of the extraordinarily long course of human history by the Nile.

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Author information

Jason Thompson is a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Colby College.

Review quote

"A remarkable work of synthesis, cohesion, and understanding.... Wonderfully vivid.... Extremely readable.... This is the first major work of its kind and it succeeds triumphantly." --"Al-Ahram Weekly" "Full of insights.... Thompson's tone suggests a deep respect for Egypt and its history.... Packing it all into one book without any major errors of omission or emphasis requires considerable skill and breadth of vision." --"Daily News Egypt"

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Preface Maps   1. The Gift of the Nile 2. The Birth of Egyptian Civilization: Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt 3. The Old Kingdom 4. The First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom 5. The Second Intermediate Period and the New Kingdom 6. The Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period 7. Ptolemaic Egypt 8. Egypt in the Roman Empire 9. Coptic Egypt 10. The Advent of Islam 11. The Fatimids and Ayyubids 12. The Mamluks 13. Egypt in the Ottoman Empire 14. The Birth of Modern Egypt 15. Mid-Nineteenth-Century Egypt 16. The British Occupation of Egypt 17. The Parliamentary Era 18. Nasser 19. Sadat 20. Mubarak and Beyond   Notes Recommended Reading Image Sources Index