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Ben Frazee HIST 245 Professor Holden 12/12/07 Napoleon’s Egypt Review In the summer of 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte decided to launch a massive military excursion into Egypt. This move was part of a plan to start a French colony in Egypt and to offer a snub to England. This plan was in actuality a tremendous failure, however, Juan Cole, author of Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East , portrays the action in a slightly different light. The book opens at the very start of the mission with 20,000 soldiers and thousands more sailors in the port of Toulon in southern France wondering what lay ahead of them. They quickly found out that the ambitious young general, Napoleon, was leading them on a mission to conquer Egypt. After briefly assaulting Malta and taking control of the island, the French headed toward Alexandria. The Ottoman’s protecting the city proved to be ineffective due to French advancement in weaponry and techniques, and the city was quickly taken within the first day of offensive effort. The next military move made by Bonaparte was a march on Cairo. This offensive was not well prepared or researched.
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