Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya

By Matthew Ellis ’03. Stanford University Press, March 2018. Available on Amazon. Desert Borderland investigates the historical processes that transformed political identity in the easternmost reaches of the Sahara Desert in the half century before World War I. Adopting a view from the margins―illuminating the little-known history of the Egyptian–Libyan borderland―the book challenges prevailing notions of how Egypt and Libya were constituted as modern territorial nation-states.