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A Traveller's History of Egypt
Harry Adès

5" x 7 3/4" • 352 pages • b&w illustrations, maps
ISBN 9781566566544 (UK ISBN 9781905214013) • paperback • $14.95

Ancient Egypt has gripped the popular imagination like no other country and the lure of its pyramids and the Nile are a magnet for visitors from all over the world. This book provides a concise and fascinating journey from the country’s earliest beginnings right up to the present day.

A Traveller’s History of Egypt communicates the magic of the pharaohs alongside a level-headed discussion of Islam for the benefit of modern travellers.

The book spans the entire history of Egypt, from the murkiest origins of prehistory right up to the latest developments – all in a style that is as entertaining as it is well-informed. There are few books on the country that attempt this feat, but to do so is perhaps more important today than it has ever been, at a time when an understanding of contemporary Egypt is not merely an advantage for travel there, but a necessity. It will make sense of the major controversies and guide the reader carefully where Egyptologists cannot agree – whether it is the dates of certain kings or the positioning of whole dynasties. A full chronology of major events, a cross-reference historical gazetteer, a list of pharaohs, rulers and presidents, a bibliography, index and historical maps, will add to its accessibility, and afford it the most useful elements of a reference book.


Harry Adès is a Cambridge-educated historian and travel writer. His books include The Rough Guide to Ecuador, Nepal Climbing Guide, History of Ireland, and Malcolm X.

Series Editor Professor Denis Judd is a graduate of Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Professor of History at the London Metropolitan University. He has published over 20 books including the biographies of Joseph Chamberlain, Prince Philip, George VI, historical and military subjects, stories for children and two novels. He has reviewed and written extensively in the international press and in journals and is an advisor to the BBC History Magazine.

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