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|Title||:||War on the Nile: Britain, Egypt and the Sudan 1882-1898|
|Number of Pages||:||407 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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War on the Nile: Britain, Egypt and the Sudan 1882-1898 Reviews
With all the news lately about Islamic Extremism I couldn't help but think about a number of books I once read about one of the west's first struggles with this sort of thing. Michael Barthorp's "War on the Nile: Britain, Egypt and the Sudan 1882-1898" is essentially a military history of the British Empire's war with the 'Jihad' of the Victorian Era. Now this book does an excellent and concise accounting of the British involvement in Egypt and their military operations against the 'Mahdi'. What this book does not do is discuss the reasons for this war from the Islamic side. This book is aimed more for the reader with an interest in the military operations of the Sudan Campaign. It does not go deeply into the political considerations leading up to British intervention first in Egypt in 1882 and then the eventual attempt to relieve Gordon at Khartoum. What it does show is that the British Army was able to find a military solution, of sorts, to the immediate problem of the 'Mahdi'. Though I will note this, the book does show how the British Empire essentially stumbled into this war. I think that when they landed in Egypt in 1882 they had no idea it would lead to a bloody 16 year long war. What had started as a punitive expedition to secure their interests around the Suez Canal eventually cascaded into full blown war against a little understood foe of fanatical determination. I have to wonder today if we can learn anything from this initial British experience?