The Bicentenary of the Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign: Story of Unsuccessful Commemoration
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The Bicentenary of the Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign: Story of Unsuccessful Commemoration
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S207987840002428-9-1
DOI
10.18254/S0002428-9-1
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Alexandre Tchoudinov 
Affiliation:
Institute of World History RAS
State Academic University for the Humanities
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Abstract
The author analyzes the peculiarities of perception in France and in Egypt of the history of the Egyptian campaign of Napoleon Bonaparte, which were manifested during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of this event. Although the governments of the two countries agreed to declare the year of the anniversary to be the year of friendship between France and Egypt, the Egyptian public opinion reacted extremely negatively to the idea of such a commemoration, considering that the Bonaparte expedition, which brought countless human losses and destruction to the local population, is not a worthy occasion for celebration. The situation was not saved even by the fact that French scholars tried to focus on the scientific content of the expedition, giving it a clear priority over the military aspects. Nevertheless, the Egyptian humanitarians boycotted the anniversary events in France and responded with the publication of a specialized issue of the magazine Égypte / Monde arab, where they justified their negative attitude to this commemoration.
Keywords
cross-cultural dialogue, commemoration, France, Egypt, Napoleon Bonaparte, Egypt expedition
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04.05.2018
Publication date
30.11.2018
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