Egypt is an ancient nation known for its advances in material culture, represented by the archeological findings of monumental architectures, artifacts, written documents, and institutions that were the basis of civilized continuity and change in the nation's 5,000-year existence. Underpinning Egypt's historic success has been the extraordinary role that knowledge and learning have had in the nation's management of its political institutions and social structures. The high value accorded to learning and skills is illustrated by the system of governance carried out by a large number of scribes who kept meticulous official records and facilitated the harmonious conduct of public affairs.

In 1952, Egypt's long history of domination by world powers and their surrogates came to an end with the successful overthrow of the monarchy by ...

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