The River War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

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Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 24.01.2013 - 400 Seiten
First published in 1899 and revised for the 1902 edition by its author Winston Churchill, this history of the River War in Sudan vividly chronicles the military campaign that altered the destinies of England, Egypt, and the Arabian peoples in northeast Africa. 
More by accident than design, in Churchill’s view, England was drawn into the affairs of Egypt in the 1880s, for at the same historical moment that the English, under Lord Cromer, were granted virtually sovereign power to establish a sound government in Egypt and to stimulate its national economy, the Mahdi rebelled in the Egyptian suzerainty of Sudan. Violence and bloodshed ensued, and the English soon found themselves embroiled alongside their Egyptian ally in a bitter conflict with the fiercely nationalistic Mahdi—a conflict that culminated in the massacre of General Charles Gordon at Khartoum and the emergence of the fanatical regime known as the Dervish Empire. 

In this illuminating volume, Churchill not only dramatically relates the catastrophic events in Sudan’s 1880s, but also places them in the context of Sudanese history. So it is that his subsequent account of the reconquest and pacification of Sudan by a mixed Anglo-Egyptian force under the command of Sir Herbert Kitchener weds history to destiny, as the outcome of the River War for decades would link Great Britain to the uneasy future of Egypt and Sudan. 
 

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cliáPTER kAt he I THE REBELLion of The MAHDI
1
THE FATE of THE ENvoy 35
51
THE DERvish EMPIRE º
69
THE YEARs of PREPARATION
89
W THE BEGINNING of TIIE WAR b
107
FIRKET g
129
THE DESERT RAILWAY
162
ABU HAMED g 6
183
THE GRAND ADVANCE s e
245
THE OPERATIONs of The FIRST of SEPTEMBER
257
The BATTLE OF OMDURMAN
269
THE FALL of THE CITY 3
301
THE FAshoda INCIDENT
312
ON THE BLUE NILE
327
A CoMPosition of The STAFF DURING THE RIVER WAR
365
B Text of THE Soudan AGREEMENT of THE 19th of JANUARy 1899 AND of THE DEcLARATION of THE 21st of MARCH 1899 871
371

REconNAISSANCE
217
THE BATTLE of THE ATISARA 281
231

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Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace on November 30, 1874 and educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. His military service included periods spent in Cuba, India, the Sudan, and in France during World War I. He became a Member of Parliament in 1900 and held many high offices of state under four different prime ministers. He was the Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II. Churchill's writing career began with campaign reports including The Story of the Malakand Field Force and The River War. In 1900, he published his only novel Savrola. His other works include Lord Randolph Churchill; Marlborough, a four-volume biography of his ancestor the 1st Duke of Marlborough; The World Crisis, a four-volume history of World War I; The Second World War, a six-volume history; and A History of the English. History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a six-volume work was completed toward the end of his life. In 1953, Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature, in recognition of his extensive writing as well as for his speeches throughout his career as a statesman. That same year, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died on January 24, 1965 at the age of 90.

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