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A Brief History of Egypt (Brief History)by Arthur, Jr. Goldschmidt
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Ancient Egypt was one of the longest-lasting civilizations the world has ever known. While most readers will be familiar with at least parts of ancient Egyptian history, contemporary Egypt and its connections to the ancient civilization are not always well understood. A Brief History of Egypt explores Egypt's broad political, economic, social, and cultural developments, from the mighty civilization of the past to the diverse cultural and political landscape of today, covering almost 6,000 years of history in a clear and concise manner. This book is a reliable introduction to the rich and fascinating history of Egypt and provides a solid background to this country. Today Egypt plays a vital role in the politics of the Middle East, and learning about its history, economic pressures, cultural identity, and social issues is essential to understanding the contemporary Middle East.
Book News Annotation:
This reference for high school and up explores Egypt's broad political, economic, social, and cultural developments, from ancient times to the diverse cultural and political landscape of today. Complementing the narrative are sidebars with information on topics such as gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt, and political parties in the early part of the 20th century. Appendices offer a glossary, a list of basic facts, a chronology, and suggestions for further reading. B&w historical illustrations, maps, and contemporary photos are included. Goldschmidt is professor emeritus of Middle East history at Pennsylvania State University. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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