The country of Egypt has been ever developing. The reason why it is so important and interesting to study this country now is in light of the recent political events that the country has undergone. Needless to say, Egypt has always been a fodder for change. Without wasting too much time, thus, this paper will undertake one of the changing aspects of the country, namely, its political arena. The paper will begin by examining the development of politics in Egypt, and will continue this political history through to the present, including the recent and important events that have taken place in Egypt as part of the Arab Spring.
In order to truly understand a country and how it functions and develops, it is necessary to examine its history. For this reason, this section is of vital importance and will be expanded accordingly. According to the CIA World Factbook (2011), and to begin, one must state that Egypt has been a wonderful place since ancient times, and is considered by many to be the birthplace of humanity. The "regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation," asserts this source, "provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development" of this country, and for the development of a fantastic civilization.
The first unified kingdom in what is now known as Egypt rose around 3200 B.C., which only proves the advancement of this early political civilization. During the period from 3200 B.C. To the beginning of the modern era, Egypt was ruled by many dynasties.
It was during this ancient period that Egypt developed so many architectural wonders, and even its own language and writings. These facets contributed without a doubt to the political culture present in Egypt ever since, and also helped with development of mankind in general, and this cannot be discounted. However, to return to Egypt's political history, it is important to mention here that last dynasty fell to the conquering Persians in 341 B.C., and eventually Egypt was slowly but surely replaced by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and other conquerors.
Eventually, as Arabs took over, they introduced the country to the Arabic language and the Islamic religion, and it was from the 7th century onward that these facets would overtake all other cultural history aspects in this country, as well as deeply affects politics.
To turn now to the modern era, one must note that Egypt was eventually occupied by the Ottomans in 1517 and then by the British in the late 1800's, though these occupations ended by 1922, when the country became partially independent, with full sovereignty being attained in 1952.
Due to its fantastic location and its sovereignty over the Suez Canal, Egypt has been more of an ally of the West, especially also in light of the aid given. Yet despite these alignments with the West, Egypt has seen various period of political control.
After its independence, Egypt soon completed the Aswan High Dam (1971), which provided for better crop growth and other needs that the country was facing. Yet, in the light of a growing population (Egypt is now the largest Arab country in the world), the government struggled to provide for all.…
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