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The Sirdar: Sir Reginald Wingate and the British Empire in the Middle East (Memoir 222)
Martin W. Daly
Francis Reginald Wingate (1861-1953) was a major figure in the political, administrative, & military history of the Middle East from the early 1880s until the end of the first world war. As dir. of military intelligence in the British-officered Egyptian Army during the Sudan campaigns; as sirdar (commander-in-chief) of that army & gov.-gen. of the Sudan during the formative period of its colonial admin.; & as high commissioner in Egypt during the latter half of the first world war & the crisis that led to the Egyptian revolution of 1919, he stands with Cromer & Kitchener as architects of the British empire in the Middle East. As the covert commander-in-chief of Hijaz operations he was instrumental in organizing the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks. Yet Wingate has received much less notice than his famous contemporaries such as Gordon of Khartoum & Lawrence of Arabia. This biography corrects the historical imbalance. It is based mainly on Wingate’s voluminous private papers, & on archival sources in Britain & the Sudan. Illus.
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