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.

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