Gordon and the Sudan: Prologue to the Mahdiyya 1877-1880

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This is a study on the period preceding the Mahdist revolution in the Sudan. It analyses the administration and political developments under the governor-generalship of Gordon.
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Routledge
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Published on
Oct 23, 2013
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781135270131
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English
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History / Military / General
Political Science / International Relations / General
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