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Gordon of Khartoum - Peter Johnson

Patrick Stephens, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Suppose General Charles Gordon had not been killed at Khartoum on January 26 1885… How might subsequent history have been altered? In this fascinating study, Peter Johnson relates the historical events in the Sudan during 1884-5 following the rise of the fanatical Moslem leader, the Mahdi, the despatch of Gordon — already a popular hero after his earlier exploits in China — to assess the situation and if necessary evacuate the area, and the later despatch of the ill-fated Army of the Nile to rescue him.

Having brought the story to Gordon’s death and the political repercussions which undermined Gladstone’s government, the author then presents a scenario in which a critical delay is avoided, a small force successfully reaches Khartoum, and Gordon is rescued, albeit against his will, and taken to safety down river. Subsequent events follow in a logical, consistent and wholly believable manner, including the destruction of the British expeditionary force and the death of General Sir Redvers Buller, which in itself would later have changed the course of the Boer War.

Published to coincide with the centenary of Gordon’s death, this book is the first in a new series in which eminent historians are asked to pinpoint key events in the lives of significant historical individuals and explore how history might have been altered by small but decisive factors — such as the boil on Beresford’s noble posterior.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the PSL Alternative History series. 272 pages.
£7.50