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Egypt: A Short History
 
 
Author
Robert L Tignor.
Publisher Princeton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780691147635
Pages/Publication Date 363/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31824
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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, insists historian Robert Tignor, who has lived in Egypt at different times over the course of five decades. His sweeping, colorful, and concise narrative history of Egypt moves from the beginning of human settlement in the Nile River valley 5,000 years ago through Greek and Roman conquests, the rise of Christianity, and the triumph of Arabian Islam as Egypt aligned itself with powerful Islamic empires. Tignor becomes more specific as he chronicles Napoleon's 1798 invasion, the country's absorption into the British Empire, and postcolonial Egypt under Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak.

"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 (London)

 
 
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