The History of Egypt
2nd Edition
by Glenn E. Perry
December 2015, 240pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-913-6
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Egypt has been one of the world’s most important countries for more than 5,000 years.

Providing a valuable resource for readers seeking information on all periods of Egyptian history, this book covers Egypt starting from ancient times and continuing through the medieval Islamic period to focus on the events of the last 100 years, including the aborted revolution of 2011.

Egypt has experienced tumultuous events in recent years, especially starting with the uprisings and revolution of 2011. This second edition of The History of Egypt not only provides readers with in-depth information on events of the last decade—such as the Arab Spring, the removal of Hosni Mubarak from office, and the protests against Mohamed Morsi’s presidency—but also provides key background with chapters addressing previous periods of the country’s history, starting from pre-Islamic times to pharaonic to Byzantine.

The volume offers an objective history of Egypt that is uniquely appropriate for a high school audience. This expanded and extensively updated second edition provides new content and media photographs that help bring recent events to life for readers without previous knowledge about the topic. It also includes coverage of important events in long-ago Egyptian history that lends valuable perspective to events in the 21st century, such the nation’s transformation into a Muslim and Arab country and Egypt’s post-1778 imperialism and modernization through World War I.


  • Provides a clear, concise account of the entire course of Egyptian history that is ideal for a variety of nonspecialist readers—high school and college students in particular
  • Written by an author with a lifetime of study of both Egyptian and Middle Eastern history and political science
  • Concentrates on the modern period, notably Egypt in the 20th and early 21st centuries
Glenn E. Perry, PhD, is professor emeritus of political science at Indiana State University. He earned his doctorate in international affairs at the University of Virginia and later studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history at Princeton and other universities. He is the author of numerous works in history and political science, including The Middle East: Fourteen Islamic Centuries, a book that has been used as a textbook in many colleges and universities; and is coeditor with Tareq Y. Ismael of The International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East: Subordination and Beyond. Perry has made many trips to the region and has taught at the American University in Cairo.

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