Origins Of The Second Intermediate Period Between The Hyksos And Egypt

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Register to read the introduction… Some suggest the idea that “it may have been just a steady migration into Egypt, who worked themselves to power while still maintaining their religious beliefs and cultural differences”. This must have occurred during the time where there was a political weakness in Egypt.(Cassin p.201) Evidence of a constant influx have been found in excavations at Tell el-Dab’a, and settlements at Tell el-Ajjul, Eble, and Byblos.
The Hyksos brought an innovation to Egypt; bronze weapons., chariots and bows. They used these weapons to take control over Upper Egypt. However once they did take control, they brought these weapons into the Egyptian way of war, they taught the Egyptians how to use and build them. Eventually after 200 years of ruling over Egypt they would be pushed out and defeated by the Egyptians using these
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Instead of mistreating and restricting the freedom of the Egyptian people, the Hyksos added to it by bringing new innovations, and creating a wealth in Egypt. They opened traded with foreign civilizations, which deeply enhanced the economy. Furthermore they had respect for the Egyptian culture by taking in their religious beliefs, and then preserving them, with the restoration of its artifacts and writings. The introduction of bronze, and technology, brought Egypt into the New Kingdom. The mystery of the Hyksos period leaves a whole lot of unanswered questions about these people. Who were they? Were they ruthless? With new archaeological findings, researchers have been able to piece together gaps in history of the Hyksos, however it will still take many more years of excavations to completely understand who these people were and what exactly went on during the Second intermediate Period.

- Watterson, Barbara. The Egyptians. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1997
- Van Seters, John. The Hyksos: a new investigation. Yale University press, 1966
- Cassin, Elena. The near East: the early civilizations. New York, Delacorte Press,

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