Interesting Quote

From Steven Englund, Napoleon: A Political Life (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004), p. 132:

“From Egypt’s perspective, the Europeans dropped suddenly onto their scene as an alien, hostile force majeure. Whatever the poor impression Egypt made on the French, the country was not a stagnant backwater, nor a tabula rasa yearning to have gun-toting foreigners force on it their ideas of modernity.”