Napoleon in Egypt

The Exciting Story of the Struggle Between France, Egypt and England from 1798-1801

4.50 (409 reviews)
1.5 hours
Jan 2015
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What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to understand the causes, course, and conclusion of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign

In this course, you will learn the reasons why Napoleon sought his adventure in Egypt

After this course, you will be able to relate many of the profound legacies of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign

After this course, you will be able to articulate the main events, both good and bad, of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign

After this course, you will be able to describe the details of the Battle of the Pyramids and the Battle of the Nile

After this course, you will be able to understand how Napoleon used the Egyptian Expedition to enhance his image and career in France

After this course, you will be able to discuss the profound work and sacrifices of the French scholars on the Expedition.


This 1 hour and 45 minute short course shares the exciting story of Napoleon's expedition to Egypt beginning in 1798. There are 12 lectures, with an additional oral quiz as lecture 13. This course begins with the background of Napoleon and his idea to invade Egypt in an attempt to hurt British interests, and to bolster his image in France. The course will focus upon Napoleon and his troops, the many scholars he brought with him, the British Admiral Horatio Nelson (in search for Napoleon's fleet), and the Mameluke overlords in Egypt. Several important battles will be covered, including the Battle of the Nile and the Battle of the Pyramids, as well as the Syrian Campaign. I will make extensive use of various primary sources, like diaries and letters, in order to help bring this era close to us. The lectures are recorded on videos, and there are over 200 Powerpoint slides to help illustrate the lectures. Side topics include the intercepted mail of the French by the British, and a love story between a French soldier and a young Egyptian woman. This course is suitable for students high school age and up, though some Junior High School students may find this course profitable. The course includes a bibliography of recommended sources for further study.


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Introduction and Background

Introduction and Background

The Expedition

The Voyage to Alexandria
The Collision
A Love Story!
The French Fleet at Aboukir
The Battle of the Nile
The Aftershock
Intercepted Mail
The French Scholars
The Syrian Campaign
The Final Collapse of the Expedition


Epilogue, Conclusion and Legacy
An Oral Quiz


December 29, 2020
Course was well done. Gave an incredible opportunity to expand my knowledge of this fascinating topic.
June 22, 2020
The transcript text was rubbish and no use at all. Surely the presenter must have had a script, why not post that rather than some pathetic speech-text application. Amaturish.
February 28, 2020
A truly excellent course. It was well researched and did not neglect the human interest side of history. I would like to take more courses from thus instructor.
May 22, 2017
The instructor really shows us history the way it should be shown. Engaging and fascinating material.
April 20, 2016
The graphics provide a good backdrop to the interesting dialogue. The "human" face give to the historical events is particularly well done.
April 6, 2016
Very informative, short lessons. Still loving it after completion. I wish I had him as a teacher in high school.
February 9, 2016
This has been a brilliant course it's surprising what I've learnt about Napoleon and his army all for free as well Thanks very much for this .I could understand the instructor very clearly and the videos were well presented a must for anyone interested in Napoleon
October 1, 2015
The content of the course was ample for the time allotted for the lecture and very informative. This course was very enjoyable and exceeded my expectations. Dr. Franz lecture style held my attention throughout the course. I enjoy the fact that I can revisit that course to reinforce my learning.
August 25, 2015
This course looked over several aspects of Napoleon in Egypt, from the military history, to the French scholars, to some of the personal stories. In all a great course, I would recommend to history students and enthusiast alike.
July 19, 2015
Intelligent use of paintings and maps and many interesting first-hand accounts of Napoleon's ill fated adventures in Egypt and the Middle East.
May 26, 2015
I'm interested in military history and this was a part of Napoleon history that was new to me. So from that point of view I love the way the information was presented and the pace of the course. I found it both enjoyable and informative.
May 8, 2015
Thanks a lot for this lectures, I am from Egypt and I learned a lot about napoleon invasion to Egypt from that lectures
January 6, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Although I had previously done some reading about Napoleon, Prof Franz provided some insights I was not aware of. I enjoyed the diaries and the readings from the personal letters of the soldiers. Do yourself a favour and take this course. I hope the professor will do more courses.
August 21, 2014
As an avid fan of history, this quick course was just for me. Very informative with explanations and made it a joy to hear of Napoleon's campaign in Egypt.
July 15, 2014
History is one of my favorite topics but I don't have so much time so this is a very practical way to learn and have a good idea of these issues. The class covers the most important facts of that period of time and also let you know a more intimate side of the characters... Excellent free course. Thanks from Mexico



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