By Roy MacLaren

Canadians at the Nile, 1882-1898 is a full of life description of Canada's romantic and little recognized involvement within the maximum imperial drama of Queen Victoria's later years. selected for his or her designated talents, four hundred English- and French-speaking Canadian voyageurs transported imperial forces up the Nile in a bold try and rescue "Chinese" Gordon, besieged in Khartoum. A new release later, their imperial paintings used to be accomplished by way of one other Canadian, Sir Percy Girouard, who outfitted the wilderness railway which enabled Kitchener to seize Khartoum in 1898.

Offering clean insights to the final reader in addition to to historians and scholars, this authoritative paintings is additionally a perceptive, intriguing, and funny account of a curious approach station alongside the meandering highway to Canadian nationhood.

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3 Strong and self-reliant, "OverBaring," as some in Cairo called him, was the epitome of the British overseas 26 Canadians on the Nile, 1882-1898 administrator who had learned his trade in India. He firmly believed that the "scientific" administration which Britain had applied with considerable success in India would be equally felicitous in Egypt. Good administration and unparalleled efficiency were always the goals of those such as Baring and Wolseley (both of whom had served under Cardwell during that war minister's reforms of 1870-71).

One of the pipers, just as he began to play, had his bag-pipes pierced by a bullet, and most discordant sounds escaped from the wounded instrument. "11 Another of the Egyptian bullets, however, found its mark, and Rawson fell mortally wounded as he clambered up the Egyptian earthworks and sprang over the trenches. He was carried to a hospital ship at Port Said where, two days before his death on 20 September, he learned of his promotion to commander in recognition of his bravery. Wolseley missed his Canadian aide-de-camp and noted sadly in a letter to his wife on 15 September, "I fear poor Rawson cannot live.

Gradually the peasant's son had become the hero of both the exploited masses and the frustrated nationalists. His popular support eventually became such that Tewfik felt compelled to appoint him his minister of war in 1882. However, the creation of a nationalist cabinet did little to placate the restless or counter the rumblings of discontent in Egypt. 3 Hartington, the heir to the Duke of Devonshire, was one of the most prominent members of the "Maryborough House Set," the circle of which the Prince of Wales was the centre.

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