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Secret Origins Action Figures dEccentric beliefs he surrounded himself with a retinue of young boys Though Asher contends his interest in young boys was purely charitable I have a hard time buying Gordon s innocence something just seems off about this situation Put a clerical collar on the guy and we know him for a pedophile for sure I m barely kiddingWhen Gordon got to Khartoum he informed London that a pullout was impossible and that the British Army would have to rescue him or else watch him ie The Mahdi s host soon enveloped Khartoum and Gordon s impending martyrdom forced Great Britain to send an expedition to rescue the beleaguered city This expedition would be under the immediate command of General Herbert Stewart and would include future World War I heavies such as Herbert Kitchener and John French All this context is rawn by Asher is broad clear strokes He Active Noise Control Systems: Algorithms and DSP Implementations (Wiley Series in Telecommunications and Signal Processing) doesn t get muddled in the geopolitical triangle of Great Britain Egypt and the Sudan Even the controversial choice of Gordon to assume Khartoum s command isealt with briskly As I said before this is first and foremost a military history and all those other Effective executive in action details just get in the way of the bloodletting The bloodletting begins uickly For a book with the title Khartoum there is surprisingly little spaceevoted to the actual siege of the city I suppose this is Data Structures and Algorithms in C due to a paucity of primary sources On January 26 1885 the Mahdi s army took Khartoum with relative ease Whatetails we get about the battle concern Gordon s fate There are actually several proposed endings for Gordon In one favored by the Victorians Gordon presents himself to the Mahdists unarmed a Christ like figure Fundamentals Of Agriculture Vol -2 dying for the foreign policy sins of the Gladstone government In another scenario Gordon engages theervishes in a wild sword melee slashing and parrying like Inigo Montoya No matter which scenario is true likely it s an unknown third option Gordon s head ended up on a pikeMeanwhile the bulk of Khartoum is To Heal a Wounded Heart devoted to Stewart s fraught rescue mission The expedition was the brainchild of General Garnet Wolseley who conceived of it as a special forces operation Handpicking the best soldiers from British cavalry regiments he had the soldiers mounted on camels and set out across theesert from Korti The hope was that these men could reach the Nile board steamships and then sail Narcissistic Abuse Recovery down to Gordon at Khartoum By heading east across theesert from Korti Wolseley intended to avoid the Great Bend of the Nile Instead Stewart s expedition ran into Mahdist forces at Abu Klea and Abu Cru These relatively unknown battles were exceedingly vicious with fatalities that soared past famous engagements such as Gettysburg and Antietam It was colonial warfare at its iconic and savage Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 18811917 dervishes armed with swords and clad in armor attacking British infantry suares en masse Asher takes very real veryetailed A Memory of Mankind delight inescribing these vicious encounters In most nonfiction books battles are usually Will Teach for Food Academic Labor in Crisis Cultural Politics described in generalities with perhaps a personal recollection or two thrown in for color Asher however goes for a personal approach as often as possible following the actions of individual soldiers He gives you a literal blow by blow account telling you how many bullets a certain soldier fired and how many hit By now the gap had closed The front rank had reached the enemy gun bank British and Beja met in a hand to hand clash It was sword against sword and bayonet against spear Bennett Burleigh saw three or four soldiers cutown after missing shots at point blank range Others fired with Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee deadly accuracy The veteran warriors among the York Lancs and Marines cooly parried spear thrusts and sword cuts and riposted with their bayonets Often the bayonets hit bone and buckled Sometimes they made a wound so slight theervish hardly seemed to notice it When they struck soft flesh they sliced in Counter Discourse in African Literature deep and were hard to get out Some of theervishes grabbed hold of the bayonets with their hands and tried to push them asideBeja swords and spears were sharp as razors and cut through bone and muscle without the edges being turned By comparison the British officers swords were second rate Captain Littledale of the York Lancasters cut at a Academic Capitalism and the New Economy Markets State and Higher Education dervish across the head only to have his blade bend almostouble He tried his revolver and missed A second later the warrior wrestled him Scalia V. Epstein down almost severing his arm at the shoulder with his sword Theervish was stopped by a British private who rammed his bayonet up to the hilt in the warrior s back Another comrade blew the man s head apart with a45 calibre Material Alchemy dumum fired at hard contact rangeIf this all seems excessive I m a bit inclined to agree Too often Asher who served in the British SAS seems a bit of a homer Instead of relating history he s cheering on his team which in this case is the British Army He s a bit too enad of the Tommy with his wry wit and pith helmet and the Martini Henry ammunition that he has turned into a hollow point round At certain points he is openly gushing about the professionalism of the British Imperial Army and their formidable suare formations studded with gleaming bayonets and Gatling gunsTo Asher s credit however he has also lived in the Sudan and speaks Arabic and Swahili He spends a fair amount of time escribing the makeup and Swahili He spends a fair amount of time escribing the makeup the Mahdi He spends a fair amount of time Basics of successful agriculture in the tropics describing the makeup the Mahdi forces The Mahdi s men were not all fanatical Muslim s intent on conversion by sword Rather it was comprised of many individual tribes each with their own goals For instance Asher goes into greatetail about the Beja To the Beja tribesmen Baker s force was about to confront though Baker and his men were the barbarians They had a history that spanned no less than forty centuries They were the Bugiha of Leo Africanus the Blemmyes of the Romans the Bugas of the Axumites and the Medja or Bukas of the pharaohs They had inhabited the chasms gorges plateau and valleys of the Red Sea hills even before the ancient Egyptian kings had sent their armies here looking for goldAsher goes on to Regenerating Agriculture: Policies and Practice for Sustainability and Self Reliance describe the Beja s nationalist aims They were not Arabs and they were not fervid Muslims They were fierce fighters and they wanted their country back The I think about it the I sense that it isn t simply the British Army that gets Asher off rather it s warriors in general The clashes between the British Army and the Mahdist forces represent a coming together of two great warrior traditions As much as herools at the mention of a British Tommy Asher gives the They Hear Me Crying Now! (The True Story of Child Abuse Continued) - Child Abuse True Stories dervishes theirue Even today it s hard not to think of the Mobilizing Islam dervishes in savage terms I mean these were guys who charged Gatling guns Krupps artillery pieces and Maxim machine guns with swords and spears and body armor It seems suicidal Indeed it seems to stem from a culture thatoesn t value life Yet Asher carefully parses the ervish mindset and warrior ethos so that it is no longer a mass of humanity charging the British lines it is a mass of individuals each man imbued with a combat ethic instilled and reinforced since birth And Asher also a mass of individuals each man imbued with a combat ethic instilled and reinforced since birth And Asher also us that less than two ecades after the end of the Anglo Sudanese War the old guard of Western civilization in all its high minded life valuing enlightenment would estroy itself by emulating ervish tactics in the face of barbed wire machine guns and heavy artilleryYou can t Alien Zookeeper's Abduction describe aesert war without Tyral (Mated to the Alien, describing theesert and Asher Knocked Up by a Thug does an admirable job in giving the reader a sense of place It is helpful here that Asher is a military man who has lived in the Sudan and walked these battlefields As a former soldier he can look over a piece of ground and assess it as a general leading troops must assess it This is no small thing When I look at land I m seeing it with a civilian s eyes When I look at a hill I attempt to find a suirrel humping a prairieog When I look at a meadow I try to see if somewhere a snake is eating a rabbit When a soldier looks at that hill or that meadow he is evaluating fields of fire room to maneuver and places to bivouac Those kinds of concerns loomed large in the Sudan as the British Army had to move from waterhole to waterhole My main concern with Khartoum is its sourcing There are precious few endnotes and the endnotes that are included usually cite to only one source In other words this is a big story spun from a small spool of thread I African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861 d like to believe that everything within these pages actually happened but I lack complete confidence especially with some of the smalleretails Still this was really just a nagging concern Khartoum is about men at war in the esert The causes and conseuences are not as important as the warriors on the field of battle It feels wrong to say that an account of a brutal colonial war is exciting but that s what Asher accomplishes He gives you an account that it immediate visceral and yes an adventure. Uthor Michael Asher has reconstructed this classic tale in vivid etail Having covered every inch of the ground and examined all eyewitness reports he brings to bear new evidence uestioning 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 tim. Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure

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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 This was a great and fairly balanced Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era despite 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 selfeclared Mahdi on the other The The Alchemy of Opposites details from the battles is particularly great and as fun and shocking to read as if they had been written in narrative fictionThe only potentialrawback is that this book Holy Crap The World is Ending The Anunnaki Chronicles did not include the non Anglo Egyptian involved Mahdist wars such as the skirmishes with the Italians in Eritrea or most interesting of all the large pell mel war fought between Sudan and Ethiopia In one of the battles there Meneilik IIefeated the Mahdists before then going on to Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop Culture defeat the Italians later on These actions could have been included to show just the scope of events in the Sudanuring the late 19th Century 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 The Wrong Complexion for Protection 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 manBefore i picked up this book I knew little of the fall of Khartoum the events leading up to the crisis and the Nile campaign that followed All of theseeficits were uickly corrected I am left with an understanding of how the Sudan 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 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 A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp With the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers 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 hadone a large research project on the Taiping rebellion in China in the 19th Century and there found mention of a charismatic leader Charles Gordon who had helped end the conflict and seemed to be a principled and righteous British officer who often went against his orders and always id what he thought was right and usually acted to reduce the suffering of the people he was ealing with There was a mention there that he had Children of the Sun diedefending Khartoum in the Sudan My interest was raised and when I saw a trashy paperback in a bookstore I bought it and uickly read Gordon of Khartoum It was uite a fanciful retelling of the story of how Gordon was governor general of the Sudan when it was ruled by the Turks Egyptians British how he had worked to end the slave trade and eventually was reappointed elsewhere He was brought back to Khartoum to rescue the country from an Islamic fundamentalist leader the Mahdi expected one who would purify Islam or so the legend went Gordon had Approaches To Academic Reading And Writing diedefending the city because the relief column sent to rescue him arrived about 18 hours too late I knew it was largely history romanticized but I enjoyed it I certainly was not as aware as I am now so the story of a righteous Christian imperialist Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 dyingefending his beloved people appealed to me Later I saw the movie of the same name staring Charlton Heston which I instantly sensed was entertaining but a load of tripeAs I was browsing the bookstore shelves buying books for my trip to Mexico a very serious undertaking I saw this volume inspected it and bought it hoping that I would now have a historically accurate picture of the eventsAs usual I began by finding out about the author Some background information usually helps me ascertain my feelings about the text He had been a British military officer in the SAS and then had become an author achieving much success in many Witch-Hunt Narrative different types of writing He also was fascinated by this region of the world and had won awards foresert exploration in the Sudan from the Royal Geographic Society He lived in Sudan for ten years and spoke fluent Arabic He now lives in Kenya with his Arabist wife and two childrenThis text is in fact a very My Hero Academia Series Volume 1 - 20 Books Collection Set by Kouhei Horikoshi detailed retelling of the entire story from the original massacre of the Anglo Egyptian force under Hicks in 1883 by the Mahdi to the fall of Khartoum to the Mahdi including Gordon seath to the eventual capture of Khartoum by Kitchener in 1899 There are several interesting points about the text that are worth rememberingFirst it seems somewhat balanced A European will Always Tell Such A Story tell such a story a European perspective but he Alcohol Addiction Recovery did try to balance the story He was very critical of the British officer corps for its lack of military competence its reward of chumminess over skill the purchase of commissions and its indifference and hostility to those who were part of the British Empire His indictment of many officers was specific and cutting These elements were interesting to me as they showed the arrogance of the British forces in specificetail with stories of specific officers and how they behaved He showed remarkable respect for the Sudanese people their various cultures and their tremendous survival skills He talks a lot about how the Beja specifically had been efeating invading armies since the time of the Pharaohs and had always been successful He specifically praises the skills and cleverness of the Haddendowa leaders Osman Digna a survivor who outlived it all His salute to the Sudanese as fighters also seems sincere whether for the courage of those fighting for the Mahdi and for the steadiness and reliability of the Sudanese and Egyptians who fought with the British His strongest indictment comes of the Turco Egyptian ruling class both in Sudan and Egypt as corrupt cowardly and self centered He seems to agree with Gordon that they were the roots of the problem there and that the people had good reason to rise up against them Asher s reliance on British sources is to be expected but he also seems to have used many Arabic sources as well as oral histories in telling the storySecond he saw the conflict as not exclusively religious The Mahdi provided a charismatic figure around which to rally and while many id so for religious reasons there were also many practical reasons TO SUPPORT THIS REGIME GIVEN THE CORRUPTION AND MISMANAGEMENT support this regime given the corruption and mismanagement the Turco Egyptian government Many of the ethic groups had the corruption and mismanagement the Turco Egyptian government Many of the ethic groups had rallied to the Mahdi but when the existing government collapsed and Gordon was killed they naturally rallied to the winning side Likewise when the Mahdi Beating the Odds - From shocking childhood abuse to the embrace of a loving family, one mans true story of courage and redemption died soon after the fall of Khartoum the Islamist state introduced by his successor was a bit too harsh for them and fractures began toevelop along ethnic linesThird the Climax (Double Alchemy, descriptions of the battles themselves areetailed and horrifying I wish I had read this as a boy and it might have cured me of some of the lingering military romanticism that it took me another ten years to eliminate His Peace DeLeos Action Thriller Singles descriptions of steel on steel battles uite often the British steel failed and the movements of troops were also gripping The fact that many battles were over uickly but seemed like an eternity was fleshed out by substantialetail and comments written later by soldiers who survived His strongest salute was to the individual soldiers who showed courage and Roots and Blossoms determination in the face of tremendous adversity both with the opponents and with the elementsFourth water was often the key Running around theesert with large military forces reuires water and it was often pivotal British forces that came upon a watering hole The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom defended by forces of he Mahdi had no choice but to attack asid the Mahdi s successor near the end of the conflict The railroads that were built solved some of this problem but even they had to carry huge amounts of water to power the steam engines and at one point half of the train was carrying water for itself One interesting story is how a surveyor and water Shakespeare diviner brought in by the British actually found two new water supplies that were critical in assisting them cross a route no native would think could be usedFifth the bookoes a good job of setting the stage for the modern phase of Islamic fundamentalism without becoming too preachy This was one of the first truly Islamic states established and was the only colony to win. The British campaign in the Sudan in ueen Victoria's reign is an epic tale of adventure thrilling than any fiction The story begins with the massacre of the 11000 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 BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) dervishes led by the Mahdi The relief mission arrive. Independence by force of arms in Africa The agenda of the Mahdi and his regime very much set the stage for future Sudanese politics and the rise of Bashir in 1989 Osama bin Laden spent years in Sudan soaking up the teachings of the Mahdi and his modern followers It alsoocumented the severe ethnic Seers Stone (Hidden Alchemy divides in the country that are being played out today in the crisis in Darfur I liked the way he made his point but let the readerraw his or her own conclusionsIt was a very good read and I would commend it to all persons of a serious bent Now that I have some additional solid information about the period I am perhaps ready to engage my colleague at the University of Vermont Darius Jonathan who is from Sudan as well as my friend Hassan Suleiman who I met in atar also a Sudanese Then I might really start learning A well balanced account of the conflict in Sudan between the Anglo Egyptians and a collection of Sudanese tribes between 1883 9This is a military historical book told in thorough Caveman Alien’s Riddle (Caveman Aliens, detail It includes strategic insight as well as areas of weakness in each side and a good feel for what each side was fighting forWhat bothered me the most was the sheer number of fighters and civilians whoied I m not sure exactly how many but maybe 250000 I know many participated so that they could fight for what they believe in but it just feels so Teaching white South African literature in high school devastating to have lost that many livesIon t mean to come across as insensitive to human suffering but I am also A Wish Your Heart Makes deeply saddened by the amount of animals that were killed in the crossfire Those poor camels were obliterated The low rating was mostly because as informative as it was it was a very hard read Theetail into each event is commendable however for me it was too much Also there were so many names that kept popping up Some for short times others longer and you re trying to take in their backstory and then they seem to meld into everyone elseGordon and Kitchener were the stand out characters I would recommend this to anyone who likes Agricultural Development: An International Perspective (Johns Hopkins Studies in Development) detailed accounts of war The author is an ex soldier and long time resident of Sudan Heisplays all of his experience in writing this military history on the English in Sudan the various attempts to rescue General Gordon Gordon s Loves Abuse Warrior Camp death and the eventual return of the English to finally revenge Gordon and remove the troublesomeervishes His tale is full of the English professional soldier the incompetent but beloved officers and a healthy respect for the Contemporary African literature dervish as fierce brave andetermined fighters He also even includes the names of soldiers and NCOs rather than leaving them nameless as most military histories 120 Content Strategies for English Language Learners doThe pointlessness of the whole affair and the lose of so many lives is just sad Having read much on the British Army in the twentieth century and on Victorian society and empire one area I hadone little 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 Making Me Crazy (Multicultural Romance Series: NHL Billionaire Meets African American Beauty Book 1) disinterest and a man who is God s Expected One The Mahdi are the centre for a war that would see the world s first islamic state rise fromefeating the 19th century s superpower before Victoria s men expunged the memory of Alt 38 Environmental Transformations defeat 14 years laterThe land much blood was spilt on and over was a mix of harsh and unforgiving landscapes with at its heart a thin ribbon of green vegetation emanating from the river Nile and it s two tributaries the White and Blue Nile populated by nomadic tribes or people who lived in abject poverty in the few towns with little infrastructureMr Asher provides excellentescriptions on both forces including the main characters their relationships influences and organisation including the building of a railway it is Victorian Britain after all so you Academic Skills d expect it surveyed with great skill by members of the Royal Engineers He also clearly knows the country well and hisescriptions of the land and the areas where battles were fought are excellent To my mind he provides a fair assessment of both armies Before the Door Closes during the two separate andistinct phases of the war and the tactics used Although Britain was a modern power with well trained troops and considerable firepower at its isposal it would be wrong to think of the native forces as only having spears swords and shields They id and employed these with both skill and courage but they also used firearms and artillery and when coupled with their traditional warrior culture and sheer weight of numbers they were a formidable foe to be treated with caution and respectMichael Asher s informative exciting and balanced account of the wars We Are Each Others Harvest during the period 1883 1898 was a perfect entry for me It has left me wanting to read and has added to my knowledge of Gordon particularly Lord Kitchener and the most of all Sudan a country that today has a population of some 42 million people and since the 1950s has been beset by civil wars and strife that look set to continue for some time yet in one of the world s most complex geo political areas 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 puttingown the uprising Leery of being pulled into a war for a place of limited strategic value the British Government ultimately ispatched General Charles Gordon to Khartoum to oversee the evacuation of the Egyptian garrisons from the region although this being the ultimate imperial adventure Gordon s true intentions of what he hoped to accomplish in Khartoum remain a point of contention Gordon s attempted negotiations with the Mahdi were uickly rebuffed and he soon found himself trapped and surrounded by the ervish army This sets the stage for a esperate rescue attempt by a British relief column including a NEWLY FORMED CAMEL CORP AND WORKING THEIR WAY formed Camel Corp and gunboats working their way the Nile it truly is a rollicking good adventure Asher s account of that campaign and Kitchener s subseuent re conuest of the Sudan fifteen years later is insightful and engaging an excellent read about a fascinating subject If I were a cleverer man I 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 Talking About Trees 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 Ultimate Imperial Adventureoesn t contain a hint of irony This really is an adventure story A Kipling esue tale of empire filled to brimming with hard eyed suare jawed British soldiers and whirling sword wielding Alien Contact dervishes meeting toe to toe in battle Asher shows no interest in exploring post colonial hand wringing or the excesses of 19th century British imperialism rather the focus is on the battles on warriors going at each other with bayonets and scimitars there are also camels Khartoum begins in 1883 with theestruction of General William Hick s Egyptian expeditionary force Hicks a British commander had been charged with putting The Rules of Engagement for Overcoming Your Past down the Mahdist Revolt The revolt was led by Muhammad Ahmad a northern Sudanese religious leader who proclaimed himself the Mahdi and vowed to secure the Sudan in the name of Islam At this time the Sudan was administered by Egypt and Egypt as a result of the Anglo Egyptian War was a protectorate of Great Britain After the Mahdi s army DEFEATED GENERAL HICKS AT THE BATTLE OF EL OBEID General Hicks at the Battle of el Obeid cut off Hicks s head Great Britain was pushed to a Bibliographia Aethiopica II decision whether to abandon the Sudan or put British boots on the ground The locus of thisecision was Khartoum the capital of the Sudan located along the Nile The powers that be Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women decided that the Sudan was not worth the effort Under pressure from Great Britain Egyptecided to abandon the territory at least for the time being However Egypt needed a man to organize the withdrawal of the Khartoum garrison The man eventually chosen to oversee the retreat was General Charles Chinese Gordon As it turned out though Gordon had no plans to leave Chinese Gordon was one of the most famous British generals of the age He was a small weird little fellow what the Victorians called a mystic A five foot two bachelor of. D 2 Say It Plain A Century of Great African American Speeches days too late The result was a national scandal that shocked the ueen 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 theesert to transport his troops to the final Saving Spring devastating confrontation at Omdurman in 1898 Desert explorer and