A Tale of Two Revolutions: Egypt’s military coups revisited
A tale of Egypt's military coup d'etats, from 1952 to 2013.
The last half century plus has witnessed two political revolutions that took place in Egypt, both culminating in military coups d'etat that ousted heads of state from power. Continue reading below »
Egypt at both ends of the time line has felt large scale political and social discontent brewing, whether in rejection of the decadence and corruption surrounding the British installed monarch, or in the face of the havoc and retrograde policies under the Islamist weak link. 1952's July Revolution saw the Egyptian King Farouk forcibly removed by a mutinous military led by the Free Officers Movement. 2013's 'July' coup also saw the first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, meet his military makers and lose his post.
A glance through our gallery of coup d'etats moments, forces and factors brings some of the similarities and differences to the fore.