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    Free download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ç Dominic Green Dominic Green ç 9 Characters Characters Three Empires on the Nile The Victorian Jihad 1869 1899 Three Empires on the Nile by Dominic Greem is an narrative history covering north Africa during the late 19th century an interesting period which saw the British Empire reaching its apex and the Ottoman Empire in decline Though the focus is in Egypt an Sudan Dominic Green does a nice job setting the region in context Three Empires begins wit

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    Dominic Green [Download] Three Empires on the Nile The Victorian Jihad 1869 1899 A very topical book Egypt and Sudan in late 19th Century when the Mahdi stormed into the Sudan and challenged the reluctant imperialist ambitions of Great Britain Excellent personality sketches The only one who comes out well is Lord Cromer the de facto ruler of Egypt Gordon despite advice insisted on occupying Khartoum where he was cut off

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    Dominic Green [Download] Three Empires on the Nile The Victorian Jihad 1869 1899 This book covers the events concerning the events of Egypt and the Sudan in the end of the 19th Century The “three empires” are those of the Turkish linked Khedive Ishmail of Egypt the Mahdi and then Britain The book do

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    Dominic Green [Download] Three Empires on the Nile The Victorian Jihad 1869 1899 Good overview of the British occupation of Egypt and Sudan as they fought late 19th century jihadisMore comprehensive than single titles focused on Gordon at Khartoum or Omdurman; the gradual creep ofreluctant British imperialism is detailed from the building of the Suez Canal resulting financial insolvency for Egypt the drift out of the Turkish Sultan's orbit Wolsley's failed expedition to rescue Gordon and the ultimat

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Just Be Fearless dAn 1898 presided over by Lord KitchenerExpanding its scope to include the Egyptian Ottoman French Belgian and British politics of the time Three Empires on the Nile is brutally sarcastic toward both Colonialism and Islamism in the way that only 100 years of hindsight can provideFilled with colonial pratfalls and oodles of Stupid Prime Minister Tricks it s a riveting study in Victorian politics as well as a solid piece of historical adventure horroroh and it s also a history book not a thriller Then again can t it kind of be both Hellz yeah if you re a Colonialism geek like meThe 21st century end of the Mahdist story incidentally is the Muslim Brotherhood whichescended Campus Touch Edson College Series Book 2 directly from the Islamism that created that group and therefore ultimately Al aeda and the coup that led to Sudan becoming the very first Sunni state governed by Sharia lawBut wait there s the British expeditions into southern Sudan were originally prompted by the slave trade which was an atrocity perpetrated primarily by northern lighter skinned Arabic speaking Muslim Sudanese against the southern tribal peoples primarily Christian and animistSound familiar Why yes yes in fact the racial ethnic and religious factors thatrove the slave trade in Gordon s time are precisely what Laid drive it today along with the mass slaughter of Sudanese blacks by government supported forces including both Sudanese government troups and Arabic speaking Janjaweed militias in Darfur and what is now South Sudan South Sudan seceded last year successfully apparently with international helpBut what makes this book so enjoyable is the evidentisgust it heaps on the political animals of Victorian England and the arrogant and criminal La Conspiracin Reptiliana disregard they showed both for their own heroes Gordon and their subject peoples Concerned with resources and markets not people Colonialists of this era often wrapped themselves in the mantle of humanitarianism in order to royally fuck shit up I have nooubt that at times they believed they had the best of intentions Of course the other side of the coin is the frank corruption and ineffectiveness of the Egyptian and Ottoman states or even so King Leopold who never had any good intentions for his private corporate rule over the CongoThe title is I believe like all the best history book titles a Visitor double entendre Three Empires on the Nile could be the British Ottoman and French Empiresor it could be the British Empire the Mahdi State and the Egyptian Empire which may rightly be called that insofar as its conuest of Sudan was in the minds of its leaders explicit imperial expansion Corruption and Egypt sependence on Britain meant that it could never become a real empire but one Breakfast In Bed doesn t need to read veryeeply to see the similarities between atrocities of every flavor and the irrelevance of all good intentions in Azimuth The Interscission Project 2 doing anything than justifying self interestThe book s very last line says it all Today the price of a child slave in Khartoum is 35Three cheers for Gordon and Kitchener and Gladstone Three cheers for Muhammad Ahmad self proclaimed messianic redeemer of the Islamic faith and Isma il Pasha Khedive of Egypt Now somebody stick a fork in our ass and turn us over we reone Despite its ghastly title Three Empires of the Nile The Victorian Jihad 1869 1999 is a very well written if thinly researched history of Egypt from the completion of the Suez Canal to the reconuest of the Sudan in 1899 During this time the Khedive of Egypt went bankrupt sold his controlling interest in the Suez Canal to the British government and placed himself under e facto British tutelage To the south a charismatic Sufi cleric Mohammed Ahmed al Mahdi led a successful revolt against the Khedival Egyptians and the British creating an independent Mahdi state that lasted from 1885 to 1899 Green using secondary sources tells the story from the British rather than the Turkish Egyptian or Mahdi perspective What he oes exceptionally well is explain how the British managed Egypt in the context of their Just Joey domestic politics andiplomatic concernsPrior to the construction of the Suez Canal Egypt had been ruled by a Turkish Khedive that was in nominal terms subject to the Ottoman Sultan in Istanbul A Turkish aristocracy ominated the armed forces and the military The cost of constructing the Suez Canal put the Khedive close to personal bankruptcy in 1875 he sold his portion of the canal to the British The British had two objectives First they wished to ensure the smooth operation of the canal Second they wished to protect the financial interests of the those Europeans who had invested in the canal British shipping accounted for 70% of the tonnage that used the canal As the link between Britain and its Asian possessions the canal was of the greatest strategic importanceUnlike India Egypt had no potential to generate revenues for Britain Conseuently the British wished to spend the least amount possible ruling it They also wished to o nothing to weaken the Ottoman Sultan as both the Austrians and Russians wished to seize territory from his territory The British were happy then to leave the government of Egypt and the efense of its territory outside of the canal zone to the Khedive a vassal at least in theoretic terms of the SultanEvents conspired against them Arab liberal professionals and army officers wanted a larger share of the wealth and power

OF EGYPT A REVOLT BEGAN IN 
Egypt A revolt began in that the British Navy crushed in 1882 Next in 1885 a religious movement led by the Mohammed Ahmed a charismatic and messianic Fakir seized control of the Sudan The British would have preferred to ignore the Mohammed Ahmed as the Sudan had no wealth to be exploited and id not impact the security of the Suez Canal However the Khedive and the Ottoman Sultan his overlord both felt that it was absolutely essential to their How To Stop Worrying dignity that the Sudan be reconuered and restored to the Khedive The British had no enthusiasm for the project and resorted to half measures As a results they suffered several significantefeats the most famous of which was the Siege of Khartoum 1884 1885 in which the Mahdis captured the city killed Gordon and massacred the majority of Europeans in the city It was not until 1899 when the British thought that the French might increase their influence in the region that the British final Intaglio decided to make the military and financial commitment necessary to suppress the Mahdi revoltGreen has no newiscoveries for the experts in the field However for the reader unfamiliar with the era he oes an outstanding job making a complex series of events of comprehensibleThe fact that the Three Empires on the Nilewas not published by an academic publisher shows badly I found a number of factual errors that I was sure and several items that I felt needed checkingI also think that Green should have noted that the British administrators were correct to assume that the British were right to be confident that the Mahdi revolt could spread to "Egypt The Mahdi Theology "The Mahdi theology shiite and very primitive The of Egypt were sunni and uite sophisticated Moreover they accepted the calilphal authority of the Sultan thus would never have risen up in revolt against the Khedive. Green the story of the Nile's three empires is an epic in the tradition of Kipling the bard of empire and Winston Churchill who fought in the final estruction of the Mahdi's army It is a sweeping and very modern tale of God and globalization slavers and strategists missionaries and messianists A pro Western regime collapses from its own corruption a jihad threatens the global economy a liberation movement White Fang degenerates into a tyrannical cult military intervention goes wrong and a temporary occupation lasts forecades In the rise and fall of empires we see a parable for our own times and a reminder that while American military involvement in the Islamic world is the beginning of a new era for America it is only the latest chapter in an older story for the people of the regi. ,

Three Empires on the Nile The Victorian Jihad 1869 1899I was hoping cultural history and less military history In addition it is told from the perspective of the British The title is really far interesting than the book turns out to be Competent account of Britain s entanglements in Egypt and Sudan specifically Urabi Pasha s uprising and the Mahdist Wars Green successfully intertwines the components of imperialism Arab nationalism and Islamic fanaticism together inviting modern Cytogenetics day comparisons The book brings little fresh insight to these oft told events but it s aecent narrative history Good overview of the British occupation of Egypt and Sudan as they fought late 19th century jihadisMore comprehensive than single titles focused on Gordon at Khartoum or Omdurman the gradual creep ofreluctant British imperialism is etailed from the building of the Suez Canal resulting financial insolvency for Egypt the rift out of the Turkish Sultan s orbit Wolsley s failed expedition to rescue Gordon and the ultimate technological assault of Kitchener on the Mhadi s forces The early inspirations of Al uaeda and Isis are all laid out Fluidly written and engaging This book covers the events concerning the events of Egypt and the Sudan in the end of the 19th Century The three empires are those of the Turkish linked Khedive Ishmail of Egypt the Mahdi and then Britain The book Conspiracy On The Housatonic does a good job with explaining the Ottoman Turkish backgournd of the events that through Disraeli s machinations with the Suez Canal lead up to Britain rather than France becoming the primary European power involved with Egypt and the Sudan andoes an eually good job with explaining the motivations of the self appointed Mahdi It is a bit weaker on Victorians such as Charles Gordon and Garnet Wolseley This weakness comes from a lack of willingness to accept the Victorians as they were and instead to present them through the weak lens of psychohistory as well as from an attempt to Friendlyvision draw parallels between British intervention in the Sudan in the 1800s and American intervention in the Middle East in the 1990s and 2000s A very topical book Egypt and Sudan in late 19th Century when the Mahdi stormed into the Sudan and challenged the reluctant imperialist ambitions of Great Britain Excellent personality sketches Three Empires on the Nile by Dominic Greem is an narrative history covering north Africauring the late 19th century an interesting period which saw the British Empire reaching its apex and the Ottoman Empire in Olivia Joules And The Overactive Imagination decline Though the focus is in Egypt an Sudan Dominic Greenoes a nice job setting the region in context Three Empires begins with the opening of the Suez Canal built under French control It goes on the trace how the canal which Fomorian Earth Star Borne 1 displaced the land routes began to shift the power in Egypt and the Middle Eastern Mediterranean in general from Turkish to western European control Green goes on to trace Egypt s Sultan Khedive Isma il Pasha an Ottoman appointee and his complete fiscal mismanagement which leads to teh British taking control of Egypt from the French And their ensuing efforts to shutown the Arabic slave trade in the Sudan and the ensuing political upheaval Which eventually leads to the rise of the Mahdi the Islamic version of the Hebrew Messiah and his attempt to establish a caliphate in Sudan freed from the corrupting influence of Turkey and culturally foreign BritishThe bulk of the novel is high adventure but strikes me as a book written in 1890 instead of 2011 It tells an engaging account of the Victorian hero General Charles Gordon an eccentric unmarried semi mystical Christian taking on leadership of the evacuation of Khartoum When al Mahdi s forces cut the telegraph lines Gordon paints himself into a corner and instead of leaving Kartoum is killed by Mahdist forces after a brutal and unnecessary sage The books action ends when Sir Horatio Herbert Kitchener vanuishes the Mahdi and his troops avenging Gordon While readable Three Empires suffers from a lack of Bob The Castaway Or The Wreck Of The Eagle depth Green makes both overt and covert attempts to make this material relevant There is nooubt a very strong resonance between the early Mahdist attempt at to create a pure Arabic caliphate and ISIL but the tie in seems tenuous at best Worst the material Green relies on especially to paint Gordon s character seems Wandering Willies Tale dated If you re looking for a uick military history thatoesn t lose its way in obtuse etail look no further Three Empires fits the bill But if you re looking for material that helps your typical westerner make sense of the Middle East circa 201x on t bother I m giving the book 25 stars because I was looking for context on the Middle East But it is a well written page turner And oes include high adventure that makes me think of Robinson Caruso So I ll gladly round up to 3 stars Solid title on the rise of the Mahdi Gordon s Martyrdom and eventual avenging After Britain consolidated her colonial stranglehold on India the trade route linking the two countries assumed strategic importance and had to be protected at any cost The naval route around the Cape of Good Hope was sufficiently fortified by a series of ports on both coasts of Africa Napoleon s invasion of Egypt in 1798 to find a stable alternate route to India led to a race between Britain and France over the control of Egypt The igging and opening up of Suez Canal in 1869 under French supervision and management reduced the White Horse Regressions Glen Wiley Mystery 2 distance to India by 4000 miles With this Egypt became the pivot on which British imperialistesigns rested in balancing its careful exclusion of other European powers from its sphere of influence and marketing of the colonial produce As the Suez carried 70% of British steamer ships to India sphere of influence and marketing of the colonial produce As the Suez carried 70% of British steamer ships to India statesmen etached Egypt from the influence of Ottoman sultans and invested its puppets as Egypt s rulers under the honorific khedive whose scope ended up somewhere between a sultan and a vassal Egyptian society was the most socially advanced in Africa and the people resented the British game of running the land behind the fa ade of an impotent khedive The native soldiers rebelled against British power and Turkish nobility which treated them as outcastes All these rebellions were mercilessly put own by the British At this pitiable state of affairs in the nation s mainstream politics the Livia Or Buried Alive The Avignon Quintet 2 dark forces of religion raised its ugly head A Sufi mystic arose in Sudan which was annexed to Egypt a fewecades before and claimed himself to be a prophet of god His warriors fought with iabolical vigour and utmost religious fanaticism The origins of modern jihad in the middle east may modern jihad in the Middle East may traced to this religious upstart He won a few battles at first inflicting heavy losses on the British But a retributive force was soon assembled that ecimated the jihadis in a battle between their medieval army brandishing spears and swords with a few rifles against the world s most sophisticated military power with high speed machine guns "This book tells the story of British interventionism in Egypt from the opening of the "book tells the story of British interventionism in Egypt from the opening of the in 1869 to the aftermath of the victory in Sudan in 1899 Dominic Green is a scholar of English literature and Jewish studies who is currently the Mandel Fellow in Comparative History at Brandeis UniversityOur. A secular regime is toppled by Western intervention but an Islamic backlash turns the liberators into occupiers Caught between interventionists at home and fundamentalists abroad a prime minister flounders as his ministers betray him alliances fall apart and a runaway general makes policy in the field As the media accuse Western soldiers of barbarity and a region slides into chaos the armies of God clash on an ancient river and an accidental empire arisesThis is not the Middle East of the early twenty first century It is Africa in the late nineteenth century when the river Nile became the setting for an extraordinary collision between Europeans Arabs and Africans A human and religious rama the conflict efined the modern relationship between the West and the Islamic world. S is an age of science and enlightened idealism Even though each person can t individually live up to the lofty heights of ideal behaviour it is an accepted moral that each should at least strive for it Religion also has assumed the mantle of benevolent altruism as if it had been its preserve over the ages This is plain wrong All religions followed evil such as slavery as long as it was a socially acceptable custom in the society in which it thrived Slavery was wiped off the face of the earth not by calls to fraternity and Resilient Post Disaster Recovery Through Building Back Better divine love professed by the religions In fact they tried to cling on to this heinous custom citingivine sanction in the holy books The author presents the case of Egypt in 1857 when the Ottoman sultan Abdul Mejid banned slave trade under British pressure Islamic law allowed slave hunts and trading as long as a Muslim Question Medica Nueuamente Ventilada didn t enslave a fellow Muslim They were allowed to wage jihad capture infidels or Christians enslave them and use them in further jihads to expand thear al Islam land of Islam This was so conventional and commonplace that the slave raiders used the term ghazwa to escribe their campaigns as in early Islam in Arabia The condition of the slaves was pitiable in the extreme They were chained whipped and eprived of food and water The elderly were left to ie by the wayside and very young infants who couldn t walk simply thrown aside The male slaves were castrated by cutting off the entire genitalia at the abdomen and cauterized the wound with boiling butter The eunuchs were a cherished commodity to guard the extensive harems of sultans As soon as the slave trade was banned the business interests and religious conservatives in Mecca set off a jihad against the Ottoman authoritiesThe much trumpeted White Man s Burden consisted of civilizing the black people of the world The British believed in Three Cs for African enlightenment Christianity commerce and civilization But the local ethos in Africa had not grown much beyond loyalty to one s own tribe fortified with Islamic precepts This was obviously poorly assimilated Fraternity among Muslims naturally rose up when they faced a common Christian enemy but in his absence they fought each other Shiism expects a redeemer to appear at the end of time Called Mahdi by the adherents the redeemer is thought to conuer the world and establish a kingdom of god on earth Mohammed Ahmed a mystic from Dongola claimed himself the Mahdi and established a theocratic state at Khartoum enslaving the whole of Sudan The author presents a clear narrative that brings out the tenuous links Sudan maintained with Egypt and remarks insightfully that in religious societies where religion oubled as politics messianism was the politics of espair Ansar the Mahdi s troops of loyal followers sacked Khartoum and brutally ecapitated its British Governor Charles Gordon His lieutenants roamed the city and countryside in jihadi style looting raping pillaging and murdering the A Practical Guide To Usability Testing defenseless citizens not following the conuerors religious sect Captured women were congregated in the market place and the jihadi leaders took their pick The Mahdi s plan for women is given in the book He wanted the women not to go outside unless strictly necessary and not to speak in public She could not speak to a man unless she wore a veil When sheid speak she must whisper If she uncovered her hair even for the blink of an eye she received 27 lashes If she used obscenity she received 80 Her In Search Of A Soul duty was to put her womb at the service of jihad p128 Judging from the reports emanating out of the regions of the Middle East where the ISIS hold sway we have to admit that nothing has changed in the Islamic world in the last 150 yearsBritish response to theefeat at Khartoum was slow in coming but well calculated When at last the retribution came it epended on scoring a point over the French rival force that set out to capture and control the headwaters of #The Nile Anyone Who Regulated The Flow #Nile Anyone who regulated the flow Egypt s life force of the Nile controlled the economy of the country as well The intervening period saw the Scramble for Africa when the European powers openly bandied about their imperialist ambitions Britain sat somewhat contented counting on her vast white colonies of Australia and Canada and also its eastern jewel of India But lesser powers like Italy and Belgium were esperate to make a foothold in Africa which was abundant in natural resources and raw materials of all kinds The book The Life And Adventures Of James P Beckwourth describes the vagaries of British politicsuring the period Readers lose sight of the figures in a melee involving Gladstone Lord Salisbury and Rosebury Green presents the portrait of an ineffective indecisive and openly incoherent administrative apparatus that ran the country Leaders are accountable to the people in a emocracy but the wild "RUSH BEHIND POPULISM EXTOLS THE DANGERS OF LEADERS WHO "behind populism extols the angers of leaders who other agendas and personal shopping lists The punitive force was assembled after a gap of fifteen years General Herbert Kitchener Esto Es Troya decimated the Dervishes of the Khalifa s army as the Mahdi hadied in the meantime and power turned over to a caliph representing the spiritual preceptor The fight was an uneven one The local fighters captured rifles were no match for the Maxim machine guns of the British which spewed out bullets at a rate of 500 a minute 10000 soldiers of the Khalifa were killed in just three hours of fighting and another 16000 were badly wounded Not surprisingly Kitchener unfurled the British flag over Sudan thereby opening up another chapter in the history of colonialism and exploitation by the European powersThe book Is Delightfully Written With delightfully written with clear strain of humour and wit permeating its every page The subtle humour makes us laugh as well as think hard at the fickleness of human character even though the person might be occupying a highly ignified seat Prime ministers Gladstone Salisbury the khedives of Egypt and the military commanders are all the receiving end of Green s sarcastic best A lot of monochrome plates and a number of maps are included Extensive notes are given at the end of the book A good bibliography and a nice index add to the attractionThe book is highly recommended In keeping with a piece of advice from Ray Bradbury that has been making the rounds in which he suggests that writers must have a slightly creepy love affair with books I say emphatically that this week I am creepily in love with books about SudanToday I am particularly in love with Three Empires On the Nile a brilliant ry inspiring and horrifying account of the colonial hijinx that led to the grotesue mismanagement of both Egypt and Sudan in the last part of the 19th centuryThe book touches on the crumbling of the Ottoman Empire and the ascendency of British imperialism with a cast of characters that includes a parade of colonial notables including Gladstone Gordon Kitchener and the corrupt pseudo monarchs of the Spank disintegrating Egyptian vassal stateIts second half is concerned almost entirely with the rise and fall of the Mahdist State in what is today South Sudan the bookends of the movement s rise and fall were the massacres at Khartoum 1885 which saw theeath of Charles Gordon and Omdurm. The story is not only essential for understanding the modern clash of civilizations but is also a gripping epic tragic adventureThree Empires on the Nile tells of the rise of the first modern Islamic state and its fateful encounter with the British Empire of ueen Victoria Ever since the self proclaimed Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi gathered an army in the Sudan and besieged and captured Khartoum under its British overlord Charles Gordon the Charleston Jazz dream of a new caliphate has haunted modern Islamists Today Shiite insurgents call themselves the Mahdi Army and Sudan remains one of the great fault lines of battle between Muslims and Christians blacks and Arabs The nineteenth century origins of it all were evenramatic and strange than today's headlinesIn the hands of Dominic. ,