Napoleon in Egypt
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This paper discusses the campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt and examines what prompted him to undertake them. The paper then analyzes how successful he was and surveys what some of his contemporaries in French politics and the military thought of his Egyptian campaign.
From the Paper:"When General Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Marmelukes at the Battle of the Pyramids on July twenty-first, 1798, he was carrying out only the first move in a complicated game of international power politics. With the victory at the pyramids he had become the undisputed master of Egypt and in a matter of hours would march into Cairo at the head of his victorious army.
"That, however, was not the main object of this mission. Napoleon Bonaparte's primary strategic goal in invading Egypt was to sever Britain's communications with
the East, which would in turn destroy her trade and loosen her grip on India. With this accomplished, perhaps even an eventual French occupation of part of British Australia would be possible.
"But strategic geopolitical goals were not Napoleon's only reasons for invading Egypt.
A powerful thirst for personal glory also drove him. To the young Corsican-born general, just coming into his stride and gaining renown in the wake of his brilliant campaign in northern Italy, the possibilities for fame seemed to be infinite. Bonaparte had ambitious plans, and longed to be a new Alexander the Great."
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