A neatly presented documentary on Napoleon's adventures in Egypt. For the most part, all we know is "Napoleon conquered Egypt." But it's not that simple. Nothing is. At the time, France was at war with England, and the occupation of Egypt would block England's route to India and its empire in Southeast Asia. That's the traditional explanation. But, according to host Bob Brier, aka "Mister Mummy", Napoleon wanted Egypt because it was there. It's glorious to be a conqueror of an ancient nation, just as it's glamorous to be a war-time president.

The quest for Egypt: Napoleons obssesion

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History War

50 minutes.

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