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Robert Stephens continues our series on the Makers of the 20th Century, with a look at how Nasser left his mark on nearly twenty years of Egyptian, Arab and world history. An anti-colonialist who...

Roger Hudson expands on a photograph of an Edwardian excursion to the sites at Giza around 1910.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

Roger Hudson pictures British gunboat diplomacy in Egypt in 1882.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

The army has been a player in the affairs of Egypt for at least 5,000 years, says Tom Holland.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Roger Howard recalls a moment 50 years ago when Israel was rocked by exaggerated claims of a threat posed by Egypt.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

Jonathan Downs reports on the fire last December that caused extensive damage to one of Egypt’s most important collections of historical manuscripts.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

Suggestions that the European Union should have control over Greece’s budget in order to curb its debt crisis have caused a fierce reaction from Athens. James Barker explores a parallel situation in 19th-century Egypt.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

The anti-government protests in Egypt earlier this year swept through Cairo and Alexandria before measures could be taken to protect antiquities in museums and archaeological sites in those cities and across the country. Yet, argues Jonathan Downs, the impact on Egyptian heritage and the repatriation debate has been a positive one.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

Richard Cavendish remembers King Farouk's succession to the Egyptian throne on April 28th, 1936.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

The Mamelukes were massacred in Cairo on March 1st, 1811.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

Once the classical world’s dominant port, by the early 19th century the city founded by Alexander the Great was seemingly in terminal decline. But the energy and vision of the Ottoman governor Muhammad Ali restored its fortunes and, ultimately, set Egypt on the path to independence, as Philip Mansel explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

Michael Scott-Baumann explains why Nasser is such an important figure in the Middle East in the twentieth century.

Issue: 66 2010

On the Mediterranean at the western edge of the Nile delta stands the most important and enduring of all the many cities founded by Alexander. Though much of its material past has been destroyed or lies underwater, Alexandria’s reputation as the intellectual powerhouse of the Classical world, fusing Greek, Egyptian and Roman culture, lives on, writes Paul Cartledge.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

The young Pharaoh has gripped peoples’ imagination and changed lives. Desmond Zwar looks at the career of the man who claimed to have spent seven years living in the tomb, guarding it while Howard Carter examined its contents.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

Helen Strudwick, Curator of the Egyptian galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, explains the new refurbishment at the museum and the opportunities it has afforded.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006

Steve Morewood looks at the the rise and fall of British dominance of the Suez Canal in the years 1882 to 1954.

Volume: 56 Issue: 11 2006

James Waterson introduces the slave warriors of medieval Islam who overthrew their masters, defeated the Mongols and the Crusaders and established a dynasty that lasted three hundred years.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

James Exelby unearths the activities of a forgotten British spy whose documents and memoir provide a fascinating insight into the circumstances surrounding the British occupation of Egypt.

Volume: 56 Issue: 11 2006

Russell Chamberlin describes the revelations of a recent conference on the archaeology of Cleopatra’s Alexandria.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Michael Paris describes the film record of the North African victory, and how the footage represents a tour de force in terms of wartime documentary and national effort.

Volume: 52 Issue: 10 2002
Penny Young uncovers prehistoric rock art in Luxor.
Volume: 52 Issue: 9 2002

King Farouk was thirty-two when he lost his throne on July 26th, 1952. He had been King of Egypt for sixteen years.

Volume: 52 Issue: 7 2002

Susan Walker looks at our image of the great queen, as a major exhibition on her life opens at the British Museum.

Volume: 51 Issue: 4 2001

The ancient library of Alexandria, destroyed by fire in AD270 is to be replaced by a new great library in the city to open this year, which will also serve as a local city museum.

Volume: 50 Issue: 3 2000

John Ray on a ruler who mixed laddishness with mysticism in the last days of independent Egypt.

Volume: 46 Issue: 3 1996

We may all know about Nefertiti, but what was life like for the less-famous women of ancient Egypt? Joyce Tyldesley describes the restraints and freedoms operating on daughters of Isis.

Volume: 44 Issue: 4 1994

Margaret Jervis on a new exhibition at the British Museum on the Egyptian empire.

Volume: 43 Issue: 9 1993

The author of this 4000-year-old hymn to one God has been portrayed as a mad idealist who turned the civilisation of the pharaohs upside down. John Ray discusses the man and his myth.

Volume: 40 Issue: 1 1990

Robert Stephens continues our series on the Makers of the 20th Century, with a look at how Nasser left his mark on nearly twenty years of Egyptian, Arab and world history. An anti-colonialist who extended his concern to the newly liberated countries of the Third World, he has been acclaimed as a nationalist liberator - and condemned as a warmonger.

Volume: 31 Issue: 2 1981

Colonel Nasser became president of Egypt in 1956. In this article from our 1981 archive, Robert Stephens considers how he has been both acclaimed as a nationalist liberator and condemned as a warmonger. What was his influence on the history of the twentieth century?


As Consul General for Great Britain in Egypt, Henry Salt established a friendly understanding with the free Albanian Viceroy Mohamed Ali. John Brinton describes how, through their relationship, Salt was able to rescue many treasures of ancient Egyptian art.

Volume: 29 Issue: 6 1979

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