Gladstone, Gordon and the Sudan Wars: The Battle Over Imperial Intervention in the Victorian Age Fergus Nicoll

ISBN: 9781781591826

Published: July 19th 2013

Hardcover

212 pages


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Gladstone, Gordon and the Sudan Wars: The Battle Over Imperial Intervention in the Victorian Age  by  Fergus Nicoll

Gladstone, Gordon and the Sudan Wars: The Battle Over Imperial Intervention in the Victorian Age by Fergus Nicoll
July 19th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 212 pages | ISBN: 9781781591826 | 4.33 Mb

General Gordon s death in Khartoum on 26 January 1885 - and the fall of the besieged city to the forces of the Mahdi - was a crucial episode in British imperial history. It was deeply controversial at the time, and it still is today. Gordon hasMoreGeneral Gordon s death in Khartoum on 26 January 1885 - and the fall of the besieged city to the forces of the Mahdi - was a crucial episode in British imperial history. It was deeply controversial at the time, and it still is today. Gordon has routinely been depicted as the hero of the story, in contrast to Prime Minister Gladstone who is often portrayed as the villain of the piece, responsible for a policy of drift in Sudan.

Fergus Nicoll s radical reappraisal of the first Sudan wars, based on eyewitness accounts and previously unpublished archive material, refutes the conventional image of both men. Presenting an inside view of Gladstone s thinking and decision-making, Nicoll gives the prime minister credit for his steadfast insistence that Britain should have minimal engagement in and zero responsibility for Sudan.

Gordon, who succumbed to a lasting mania that skewed his decision-making and undermined his military capacity, is cast in a more skeptical light. This fascinating insight into British policy in Africa exposes the inner workings of government, the influence of the press and public opinion and the power of a book to change a government. REVIEWS ...an intriguing exploration of the British policy in Africa. The author reveals the inner workings of government, the power of the press and public opinion, and the influence of a book in transforming a government. Toy Soldier and Model Figure A



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