Napoleon's Egypt

Invading the Middle East

By Juan Cole
(Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9781403964311, 279pp.)

Publication Date: August 2007

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In this vivid and timely history, Juan Cole tells the story of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. Revealing the young general's reasons for leading the expedition against Egypt in 1798 and showcasing his fascinating views of the Orient, Cole delves into the psychology of the military titan and his entourage. He paints a multi-faceted portrait of the daily travails of the soldiers in Napoleon's army, including how they imagined Egypt, how their expectations differed from what they found, and how they grappled with military challenges in a foreign land. Cole ultimately reveals how Napoleon's invasion, the first modern attempt to invade the Arab world, invented and crystallized the rhetoric of liberal imperialism.

About the Author
Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "Engaging the Muslim World "and "Napoleon's Egypt". He has been a regular guest on "PBS NewsHour" and has also appeared on "ABC" "World News", "Nightline", the "Today "show, "Charlie Rose", "Anderson Cooper 360", "The Rachel Maddow Show", "The Colbert Report", "Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera America", and many others. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Iraq, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Syria, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. He has a regular column on Visit
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