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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2021 8:17 p.m. PST

"A couple of threads got me thinking about the prospects of a successful invasion of the Ottoman Empire during the Napoleonic period.

Jonathan Spencer's fictional trilogy set during the run-up to Napoleon's Egyptian expedition reminded me that Britain did not know the final destination of the fleet assembled in the ports of southern France. The options included a sweep north to invade Britain, Naples, Sicily, Istanbul, or Constantinople as the western powers still described the city…."
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evilgong28 Oct 2021 2:38 p.m. PST

The major powers (mostly) propped up the Ottomans because they each didn't want somebody else befitting from her collapse.

If Napoleon had succeeded in capturing Arce and then Damascus he would have a major decision – turn right to India or left to Constantinople.

His government probably would have opposed the left turn but do you think that would have stopped him?

As the site suggests, Russia might have had the best shot at capturing Constantinople. Catherine the Great intended to do so and put her grandson on the throne of the now re-constituted Roman Empire.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2021 2:40 p.m. PST

Thanks.


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