Power And Passion In Egypt: A Life of Sir Eldon Gorst, 1861-1911

by Archie Hunter

I. B. Tauris | July 15, 2007 | Hardcover |

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When Sir Eldon Gorst succeeded Lord Cromer as Agent and Consul-General in Cairo in 1907, Britain effectively ruled Egypt and the Sudan.  The period Gorst spent in Egypt was critical in shaping Africa''s history. 
 
The British government gave Gorst the task of liberalising the Egyptian regime, a role he pursued with vigour.  However the reforms he introduced satisfied neither Egyptian nationalists nor British expatriates, who believed he was merely pandering to agitators.  Pressure increased after Boutros Ghali, the Egyptian Prime Minister and Gorst''s close ally, was assassinated in 1910.  Under immense strain, Gorst suspended his reform programme and a year later he was dead from cancer.
 
Gorst''s role in determining the path taken by the government of Egypt is often overlooked.  Power and Passion in Egypt offers a timely assessment of his contribution and argues that his was an honourable attempt to share government with the Egyptian people.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: July 15, 2007

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1845113640

ISBN - 13: 9781845113643

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Power And Passion In Egypt: A Life of Sir Eldon Gorst, 1861-1911

Power And Passion In Egypt: A Life of Sir Eldon Gorst, 1861-1911

by Archie Hunter

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: July 15, 2007

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1845113640

ISBN - 13: 9781845113643

About the Book

When Sir Eldon Gorst succeeded Lord Cromer as Agent and Consul-General in Cairo in 1907, Britain effectively ruled Egypt and the Sudan. The period Gorst spent in Egypt was critical in shaping Africa's history.
The British government gave Gorst the task of liberalising the Egyptian regime, a role he pursued with vigour. However the reforms he introduced satisfied neither Egyptian nationalists nor British expatriates, who believed he was merely pandering to agitators. Pressure increased after Boutros Ghali, the Egyptian Prime Minister and Gorst's close ally, was assassinated in 1910. Under immense strain, Gorst suspended his reform programme and a year later he was dead from cancer.
Gorst's role in determining the path taken by the government of Egypt is often overlooked. "Power and Passion in Egypt" offers a timely assessment of his contribution and argues that his was an honourable attempt to share government with the Egyptian people.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements * List of Illustrations * Childhood * Eton and Cambridge * Choosing a Career * Egypt: Insolvency and Occupation * Climbing the Ladder * Jessica Sykes * Adviser to the Ministry of the Interior * Romaine Turnure * Financial Adviser: A Summit Achieved * Financial Adviser: Place Assured * Marriage at Last * Negotiating the Anglo-French Entente * Interlude: at the Foreign Office * Succeeding Lord Cromer and the Rise of Nationalism * The Liberal Experiment Begins * Reforms * Law and Order in the Sudan * The Suez Canal Concession and the Assassination of Boutros Ghali * The Final Year * Epilogue * Bibliography * Sources * Index *

From the Publisher

When Sir Eldon Gorst succeeded Lord Cromer as Agent and Consul-General in Cairo in 1907, Britain effectively ruled Egypt and the Sudan.  The period Gorst spent in Egypt was critical in shaping Africa''s history. 
 
The British government gave Gorst the task of liberalising the Egyptian regime, a role he pursued with vigour.  However the reforms he introduced satisfied neither Egyptian nationalists nor British expatriates, who believed he was merely pandering to agitators.  Pressure increased after Boutros Ghali, the Egyptian Prime Minister and Gorst''s close ally, was assassinated in 1910.  Under immense strain, Gorst suspended his reform programme and a year later he was dead from cancer.
 
Gorst''s role in determining the path taken by the government of Egypt is often overlooked.  Power and Passion in Egypt offers a timely assessment of his contribution and argues that his was an honourable attempt to share government with the Egyptian people.

About the Author

Archie Hunter was educated at Sherborne School and Clare College, Cambridge, before being called to the Bar.  His career encompassed the Colonial Administrative Service in northern Nigeria, the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva and the Ministry of Defence.  He is the author of Kitchener''s Sword Arm: The Life and Campaigns of General Sir Archbald Hunter, A Life of Sir John Eldon Gorst: Disraeli''s Awkward Disciple and Wellington''s Scapegoat: The Tragedy of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan.  He is Sir Eldon Gorst''s great-nephew.

Editorial Reviews

 "Archie Hunter has composed a richly textured interpretation of Jack Gorst's life." -History Today
 

''''…an open and well-researched book…Gorst deserves to be better remembered and the author has done a welcome service in making this possible…''-- The Overseas Pensioners

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