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By Richardo A. Caminos, Henry G. Fischer

The papers which are the topic of this booklet have been initially provided at a convention which used to be held in Cairo from January fifth to ninth, 1975, and which used to be known as "Ancient Egypt: difficulties of heritage, assets and Methods." The convention was once subsidized by way of the Egyptian Antiquities association in collaboration with the yank learn middle in Egypt and the college Museum, college of Pennsylvania.

(This identify was once initially released in 1976.)

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The site of Egypt’s capital (though not the name) can be traced back over 6,000 years. Around 4225 BC, on the western bank of the Nile a few miles north of present-day Cairo, East Delta people built the first capital of a united Egypt. Today, the oldest reminders of ancient Cairo are found in Old Cairo. Getting oriented to the maze of Cairo is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. First, get yourself a good map and orient yourself to the major sections of the city. Start at the centre—Tahrir Square (Midan Tahrir)—and work your way out moving clockwise.

The population density is approximately 25,000 persons per square kilometre in Cairo (more than twice as dense as greater London and two and-one-half times as dense as New York City, for example). East and West butt each other face-to-face in modern Cairo. Few places in the modern world exhibit the inherent clash between the ancient and modern worlds seen in Cairo. 20 CultureShock! Egypt The beautiful city of Cairo by night. To Egyptians, Cairo is Egypt (Misr), the Mother of the World, and ‘the victorious’.

The Suez Canal was opened in 1869 during the leadership of Khedive Ismail. Unfortunately, for Egyptians, Ismail overextended Egypt financially and was forced to sell the Egyptian government’s share of the Canal to the British. As a result, British control over Egyptian finances ensued. A popular revolt threatened an overthrow of the khedive system in 1882, but was halted when the British intervened. The British then established a de-facto protectorate, but kept the khedive office in place. As most know, the Ottoman Empire, long in decline, finally collapsed totally with the end of World War I.

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