Title: The River War
Publisher: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London
Publication Date: 1951
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: Third Edition
381pp with fold-out maps. In 1902 Churchill (by then a new member of Parliament) revised and abridged his text, excising much of the criticism of Kitchener for political reasons. The River War is based on the 1902 abridged and revised text. Mohammed Ahmed was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. Claiming that Allah had selected him as the true Mahdi, he found fertile political ground in the resentment of the inhabitants toward the corruption and oppression by Egyptian rulers who had long dominated the region. The Mahdi's forces and followers were able to occupy most of the Sudan. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defence of the capitol, Khartoum, where he had been sent to lead evacuation of Egyptian forces. Though the Mahdi died in 1895, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. Text clean. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 011440
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