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Review of Richard Buchta "The True Story of the Rebellion in the Sudan" (London: Abraham Kingdom & Co., 1885)
Scottish Geographical Magazine, Volume 1, 1885, p.269
The True Story of the Rebellion in the Sudan. By Richard Buchta. Translated from the German by Mrs. R, W. Felkin. London : Abraham Kingdom & Co., 1885. Pp. 51, and Map. Price, Is.
The writer of this pamphlet, Herr Buchta, is an Austrian photographer, who travelled for several years in the Sudan. He was personally acquainted with the Mahdi, and his pamphlet contains a very good account of the Mahdi's rebellion from its commencement until the battle of Kashgil. He gives a description of the people who inhabit the northern part of the Sudan, and indicates some of the causes of the revolt. His account of the terrible blunders committed by the officials in dealing with the beginnings of the rising is well worthy attentive perusal. At page 45, there is a chronological table of the principal events connected with the rebellion from July, 1881, to the battle of Abu Klea on January the 17th, 1885. This pamphlet forms a valuable addition to the scanty literature which exists on the subject, and we heartily commend it to the attention of our readers. Mrs. Felkin's translation is an able one.