Item description for A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present by Jason Thompson...
No country's past can match Egypt's in antiquity, richness, and variety. Rarely, however, is this nation's history presented as a comprehensive panorama, since scholars tend to divide it into distinct eras---pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, medieval Islamic, Ottoman, and modern---that are rarely studied in connection to each other, despite the strong elements of continuity running through all of these periods. But here, historian Jason Thompson has written a cohesive account of Egypt's millennia-long past.
In A History of Egypt, readers are offered a sure guide through the sometimes labyrinthine corridors of Egypt's past, from the mysterious predynastic kingdoms to the post-modern nation-state of the twenty-first century. The author addresses central scholarly issues such as how Egyptian history can be treated as a whole and how the west has shaped prevailing images of it, both through direct contact and through the lens of western scholarship. Drawing on current historical scholarship as well his own research, Jason Thompson has written a remarkable work of synthesis and concision, offering students, travelers, and general readers alike an engaging one-volume narrative of the extraordinarily long course of human history by the Nile.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5" Weight: 1.92 lbs.
Release Date Jun 10, 2008
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774160916 ISBN13 9789774160912
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More About Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson is the founder and president of Rag & Bone Bindery, and author of Making Journals By Hand (Rockport Publishing 2001) and Playing with Books (Quarry 2009). He is highly regarded as a book designer with integrity who creates unique handbound books and other fine bindings, as well as a popular blogger who writes about bookbinding, book arts, artist books, and paper craft.
Jason Thompson currently resides in Providence, in the state of Rhode Island.
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Politics and history without the culture. Mar 30, 2010
The volume did not have a time-line but did have maps for Ancient Egypt and Modern Egypt. The writing had the dryness of an encyclopedia and provided an overview of the history, politics, and religion from the Predynasty to Hosni Mubarak. The photos picked up the slack about art, money, architecture, geography, and portraiture, but the music and literature were limited to a picture of Umm Kulthum and Naguib Mahfouz.
A History of Egypt:From Earliest Times to the Present Mar 24, 2010
An excellent book, concise and most informative, a primer for pursuing further more detailed investigation into the history of Egypt
A one-volume survey of Egyptian history from its earliest known human civilization to the present day Jul 12, 2008
A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present is a one-volume survey of Egyptian history from its earliest known human civilization to the present day. Though penned with scholarly rigor, A History of Egypt is accessible to readers of all backgrounds, and features a brief inset section of black-and-white photographic plates. "The most astonishing reversal of Egypt's relationship with the rest of the world has aroused little comment. During the Nasser years Egypt ceased being a net food producer and became a net food importer. The country that once provided food not only for itself but also for many others can no longer feed itself... The amount of arable land added by the construction of the High Dam has been more than wiped out by urbanization... Such development would be better located in the desert." An index rounds out this thoughtful and thorough history. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library shelves.