With World War I and Egypt's colourful politics as background, C.W.R. Long tells the story of four proconsuls (McMahon, Wingate, Allenby and Lloyd), their principal opponent, Sa'ad Zaghul, and the great events of the time: the rise of the Wafd party, the uprising of 1919, the murder of Sir Lee Stack and the Allenby ultimatum. He sheds new light on the strife of members of the High Commission among themselves and the Foreign Office, on the struggle between Egypt and Britain for ownership of the Sudan, on Egypt's fight for independence and on the failure of democracy to take root in the country.
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List of Abbreviations Introduction Part 1: McMahon 1. Let Everything Slide 2. Treated in a Disgusting Way Part 2: Wingate 3. All this Rush of War Work 4. Fullest Confidence in You 5. Not Perhaps a Very Clever Man 6. There Seems Some Faulty Staff Work Here 7. I Can Do No Nore Than Thank You 8. Unequipped Personally Part 3: Allenby 9. A Man of No Principles 10. Treated Very Scurvily Part 4: Baron Lloyd 11. Arch-Champion of British Firmness 12. Rather Severe Language 13. A Very Serious Misapprehension 14. Something of a Danger Part 5: Postscript Appendix 1: Sa'ad Zaghlul Appendix 2: Egyptian Personalities Appendix 3: British Personalities Bibliography Index
C.W.R. Long is a full-time writer on Arab world topics. After Lancaster Royal Grammar School and National Service, he studied Arabic and Persian at St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, and Turkish at McGill University, Montreal. In the 1990s he directed Islamic Studies at Newcastle University, taught at Durham University and travelled regularly to the Middle East.