In 2011, Egypt witnessed more protests than any other country in the
world. Counter to the received narrative, Amy Austin Holmes argues that
the ousting of Mubarak in 2011 did not represent the culmination of a
revolution or the beginning of a transition period, but rather the
beginning of a revolutionary process that would unfold in three waves,
followed by two waves of counterrevolution. This book offers the first
analysis of both the revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt from
January 2011 until June 2018.
Amy Austin Holmes is Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo, Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center of Harvard University, and Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. She is the author of Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945. Having spent a decade living in the Middle East through the period known as the Arab Spring, she has published numerous articles on Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria. She has written about human rights violations including the Rabaa/Nahda massacre which she witnessed in August 2013; the crackdown on civil society; as well as the issue of US military aid to Egypt.
"In Coups and Revolutions, Holmes turns a fresh lens on the Egyptian uprisings. Framing recent waves of social mobilization in Egypt as a historical process, she offers a detailed account of the multiple, distinct moments of protest the country has witnessed between 2011 and 2018. Along the way, we learn much about the micro-dynamics of the revolutionary process and the ways in which coups, revolutions, and counter-coups can evolve symbiotically." - Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University