Napoleon in Egypt

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


  • Persons in this course just need the ability to view and listen to the video lectures, and to open a MS Word document for the bibliography


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.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for persons high school age and up, who enjoy historical adventure stories


Professor of history
Gerald Franz
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      Dr. Franz has been teaching history for 34 years in various colleges, and sometimes to high school students.  He has written a number of historical dramas for his history students, and after one season's performance, he received a letter of commendation from former president George Bush, Sr. for making history alive to students today.  He has also taken history students on a number of field trips to various important historical locations.  He hopes to continue putting short history courses on Udemy in order to share his favorite historical events.  He currently teaches many online history courses for various universities, along with various live classes in his area. 

    He has been married since 1983 to Wendy, and they have a son and daughter, both adults.  In their spare time, they love to walk, jog, swim, and ride their bikes. 

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