Indigenous Knowledge: The Nile and the Egyptians

Almost everyone knows the Nile and Egypt and can find them on the map, but how much do we really know about Egypt’s history through the ages, the symbiotic relationship between the Egyptian people and the River Nile, the effects of two millennia of foreign rule, and the recent efforts of the Egyptian government and people to modernize their country? Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Middle East History, is best known for his Concise History of the Middle East, a popular textbook whose eleventh edition is now in preparation, but he has also written the Historical Dictionary of Egypt (4th ed., 2014) and numerous other books and articles on 19th and 20th century Egyptian history. He graduated from Colby College in 1959 and earned his Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University in 1968