Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East

By Juan Cole
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11.29 Hours 01/01/2007 unabridged
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In this vivid historical account, Juan Cole tells the story of Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798. Revealing Napoleon’s reasons for leading the expedition against Egypt and showcasing the young general’s fascinating views of the Orient, Cole delves into the psychology of both the military titan and his entourage. He paints a multifaceted portrait of the daily travails of the soldiers in Napoleon’s army, describing how they imagined Egypt, how their expectations differed from what they found, and how they grappled with military challenges in a foreign land. Cole explains how Napoleon’s invasion—the first modern attempt to conquer the Arab world—invented and crystallized the rhetoric of liberal imperialism.

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In this vivid historical account, Juan Cole tells the story of Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798. Revealing Napoleon’s reasons for leading the expedition against Egypt and showcasing the young general’s fascinating views of the Orient, Cole delves into the psychology of both the military titan and his entourage. He paints a multifaceted portrait of the daily travails of the soldiers in Napoleon’s army, describing how they imagined Egypt, how their expectations differed from what they found, and how they grappled with military challenges in a foreign land. Cole explains how Napoleon’s invasion—the first modern attempt to conquer the Arab world—invented and crystallized the rhetoric of liberal imperialism.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] masterful and beautifully written account of Western imperialism’s first assault on the Islamic world. It includes indispensable details on the West’s contempt for Islamic peoples—so-called Orientalism—and the untold misery it has caused.” Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic
“A timely and entertaining look at a previous Middle Eastern misadventure by one of America’s most provocative and informed scholars.” Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
“[A] well-researched contribution to Middle Eastern history.” Publishers Weekly
“The substance of the book is the encounter between cultures…Cole recounts both personal anecdotes and assessments of policy, documenting the cynicism and misperceptions that informed Bonaparte's approach…an engaging and provocative book.” Library Journal
“Historian Cole, effectively utilizing diaries and letters of contemporaries on both sides, illustrates the confusion, hostilities, and necessary accommodations as two distinct cultures collide.” Booklist
“Arguably the most visible commentator writing on the Middle East…Cole has done something no other scholar of the region has done since Bernard Lewis: ‘become a household word.’” Chronicle of Higher Education

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Author

Author Bio: Juan Cole

Juan Cole teaches history at the University of Michigan. He has written numerous books, including Sacred Space and Holy War. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English