Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure

Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure The British campaign in the Sudan in Queen Victoria s reign is an epic tale of adventure thrilling than any fiction The story begins with the massacre of the strong Hicks Pasha column in S

  • Title: Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure
  • Author: Michael Asher
  • ISBN: 9780140258554
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • The British campaign in the Sudan in Queen Victoria s reign is an epic tale of adventure thrilling than any fiction The story begins with the massacre of the 11,000 strong Hicks Pasha column in 1883 Sent to evacuate the country, British hero General Gordon was surrounded and murdered in Khartoum by an army of dervishes led by the Mahdi The relief mission arrived 2The British campaign in the Sudan in Queen Victoria s reign is an epic tale of adventure thrilling than any fiction The story begins with the massacre of the 11,000 strong Hicks Pasha column in 1883 Sent to evacuate the country, British hero General Gordon was surrounded and murdered in Khartoum by an army of dervishes led by the Mahdi The relief mission arrived 2 days too late The result was a national scandal that shocked the Queen and led to the fall of the British government Twelve years later it was the brilliant Herbert Kitchener who struck back Achieving the impossible he built a railway across the desert to transport his troops to the final devastating confrontation at Omdurman in 1898 Desert explorer and author Michael Asher has reconstructed this classic tale in vivid detail Having covered every inch of the ground and examined all eyewitness reports, he brings to bear new evidence questioning several accepted aspects of the story The result is an account that sheds new light on the most riveting tale of honour, courage, revenge and savagery of late Victorian times.

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    1. If I were a cleverer man, I’d write this review in the idiom of a blustering Englishman. It would be peppered with “cheerio” and “bully” and “capital” and every “r” would be dropped. The phrase “bloody ‘ell” would be repeated several times. In all, it would be a review as narrated by Kipling’s Tommy Atkinson. Unfortunately, I’m not all that clever. The point, however, is that Michael Asher’s Khartoum is a pugnacious, throwback type of history. Its subtitle – the U [...]

    2. Very entertaining book that covers the two campaigns fought by the British in the Sudan in 1883-1885 and 1896-1898. Proclaiming himself the long-expected Mahdi – the Guided One of the Prophet – Mohammed Ibn Admed el-Sayyid Abdullah led a revolt of the Sudanese against their Egyptian occupiers. It soon became abundantly clear the Egyptian Government (which was essentially installed by the British after the Arabi Pasha revolt of 1882), was not capable of putting down the uprising. Leery of bei [...]

    3. Having read much on the British Army in the twentieth century and on Victorian society and empire, one area I had done little more than scratch the surface (the sand even) was Sudan. The reader is given a background to the political arrangements and past rulers up to the British presence in what was a sideshow for the Empire when compared to South Africa and the shining jewel, India.This British interest, and clearly at times in London plain disinterest, and a man who is God's Expected One (The [...]

    4. Funny how just last week thanks to that book on Stanley Livingstone I realized how little I knew about African history, and found this in my stack next up! From the Central African slave trade of the 1860s and 1870s, I learnt in this one all about the slave traders in Northern Africa in the 1880s & 90s and all the repercussions from this. Sudan was the first African country to have a successful revolt against its colonial overlord--but the reason for the revolt was the new ban on slavery Tur [...]

    5. This is a historical period that has long interested me. It covers the time between 1880-1898 in the Sudan. I remember that as a young boy fascinated by maps I had been curious at the designation of the “Anglo-Egyptian Sudan” on the map. It was huge and the Nile flowed right through it. I wondered how it had been both British and Egyptian. As a college student of Asian civilizations I had done a large research project on the Taiping rebellion in China in the 19th Century, and there found men [...]

    6. I picked this book up in an airport somewhere. For some reason I prefer to read history when I am travelling - I know it makes no sense. This book is a fascinating insight into the mechanics of the Victorian era when it comes to politics and the military. they were very different times, when military force was seen as a weapon of justice and good, and life in the army was a good adventure for a young man.Before i picked up this book I knew little of the fall of Khartoum, the events leading up to [...]

    7. This was a great and fairly balanced (despite more than occasional flashes of old school gung-ho rah-rah type British patriotism) style telling of both of the Mahdist Wars between the British, some Sudanese and Egyptians on one side and most Sudanese following the self-declared Mahdi on the other. The details from the battles is particularly great and as fun and shocking to read as if they had been written in narrative fiction.The only potential drawback is that this book did not include the non [...]

    8. A stirring tale of adventure, disaster, and revenge served cold, Khartoum tells the story of British involvement in the Sudan, the famous failed relief of General Charles Gordon, and the conquest led by Kitchener that brought Britain's empire to its zenith. After Khartoum, the humiliation of the Boer Wars and eventually World War I closed the Victorian age and there would never again be an imperial adventure quite like it. Michael Asher's book tells a fantastic story, with a keen eye for detail, [...]

    9. Bought in Birmingham airport waiting for a flight home from another meeting. I have always been interested in the Colonial period and with limited knowledge of this campaign it was bought simply to expand my undertanding of this period. However when I started I just couldn't stop. It seemed to capture the story in a readable fashion . in fact I couldn't put this one down. If you are into military history or have simply seen the movie 'Khartoum' and want to know the story around it, then read thi [...]

    10. An Epic that Sets the Scene for Modern Day SudansAn enthralling read that charts the demise of the colonial powers on the continent after decades of rule and conquest. Similarly, it provides unique insights into the political economy of the region. Centuries later and the futile warmongering continues unabated - perhaps the folly of a few men.

    11. This was an excellant book about the British campaigns in the Sudan. The narative read like a novel , the book hooked you from the start. The battle descriptions read like you were right there. It is a very cinematic book, with larger than life figures throughtout the story. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Victorian colonial wars.

    12. A fascinating and comprehensive study of a pointless colonial war that started and ended with a massacre leaving matters much as they were before. A mirror, albeit an unclear one for modern times. Pity the maps don't zoom on the Kindle version and there is no index.

    13. Very well-researched and interesting analysis of the Victorian expedition in the Sudan. I must say that I learned quite a lot about the Madhist rebellion and the enigmatic General Charles Gordon. I enjoyed the engaging writing style and depth of analysis on historical events and individuals.

    14. Superb adventure beautifully written. a classicReveals a lot about all the main players in the imperial gameHicks Gordon the Mahdi Kitchener and a lot of the minor playerRead this

    15. I love history but this book was a bit of a struggle to get through. Too many names of places to remember to fully understand the battle of Omdurman, etc. otherwise a well researched book.

    16. Awesome read. Painstaking research & meticulous attention to detail. Incredibly descriptive of characters, locations, weapons, strategies etc.

    17. LongPages and pages of synonyms and metaphors, this was dry reading. I love history but this book was a real struggle for me to get through.

    18. Absolutely awesome work. Sums up the period and the Victorian mentality. Couldn't put it down. Unfotunatley the lesson learnt were forgotten within a year - the Boer War and again in 1916.

    19. I was wrong about Gordon, and have a new take on Kitchener. Very good book.uldn't put it down. I'll be going back to Khartoum soon and will take another look at the Melik

    20. Very strong on detail. A must read for those with a keen interest in military strategy and history. Excellent discussion of the myths and fact surrounding Gordon's death.

    21. Very enjoyable and fascinating book, left me wanting to read more about this period in history, well written and full of great characters and anecdotes.

    22. I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the movie with Charlton Heston. Which was the main reason why I bought this novel. Well written and well researched.

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