By C. W. R. Long
With international conflict I and Egypt's vibrant politics as historical past, C.W.R. lengthy tells the tale of 4 proconsuls (McMahon, Wingate, Allenby and Lloyd), their vital opponent, Sa'ad Zaghul, and the good occasions of the time: the increase of the Wafd get together, the rebellion of 1919, the homicide of Sir Lee Stack and the Allenby ultimatum. He sheds new gentle at the strife of individuals of the excessive fee between themselves and the overseas workplace, at the fight among Egypt and Britain for possession of the Sudan, on Egypt's struggle for independence and at the failure of democracy to take root within the nation.
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13 Much depended on the comparative strengths of character of the two men involved at any given time, as Wingate’s waverings show. Cromer’s relations with Kitchener had been uncomfortable and approaching breaking-point by the time the hero of Omdurman departed. For more than seven years Wingate worked in tandem with Cromer. He made his own deﬁnition of their relationship by telling the Lord, ‘I hope that I never forget that my position is . . that of Lt Gov. under you as Viceroy’14 and, for his part, Cromer, who had an ‘almost paternal affection’ for him,15 considered Wingate, unlike Kitchener, to be biddable, treated him as his deputy16 and kept a tight grip on the Sudan.
Although I have not been in Egypt for more than two years, I gather from various sources that all is not quite as it should be in this respect. In view of the ‘Protectorate’ status of Egypt, it might suit HM’s Govt. to add to the HC’s status that of nominal C. in C, thus placing the administration of Martial Law under his general direction and making the GOC of the Troops subordinate to the High Commissioner, merely in a general and non technical sense . . in order to avoid the duality which I believe has been only too apparent since the war began.
89 Hardinge, who as Viceroy had apparently ‘had little hesitation in selecting McMahon to be his foreign secretary’,90 told Wingate later, ‘I never understood why McMahon was ever appointed to Cairo . . I always regarded him as rather a stupid man, of second-rate ability . . ’ With regard to Cecil, he said: I could see, when in Cairo, how things were moving and I even told McMahon that the system would not work and that things were going wrong . . 91 This quickly came to pass. 92 On 1 October, thanking him for his good wishes on his departure, he warned Wingate: We all feel that Sir H.