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Heroes of EmpireFive Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa$
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Edward Berenson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234277

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234277.001.0001

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Charles Gordon, Imperial Saint

Charles Gordon, Imperial Saint

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(p.83) Three Charles Gordon, Imperial Saint
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Heroes of Empire
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Edward Berenson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234277.003.0004

The announcement of Charles George “Chinese” Gordon's death produced an outpouring of public grief unlike anything in recent memory. The Gordon campaign revealed the newfound power of the press. William Gladstone himself did not oppose the projection of British power and influence, just the violence and destruction often associated with it. Charles Gordon promised to reconcile the different positions on empire, to embody a middle ground between advanced and reluctant imperialists. Gordon saw himself as having feminine as well as masculine characteristics. He had indeed helped cause the rebellion, but not by creating rising expectations. The sermons in Gordon's memory were legion. The memory of Gordon and the aura of saintly martyrdom that surrounded him did much to propel British forces back into the Sudan, into those “large tracts of useless territory” that Cromer had once dismissed as too “difficult and costly to administer properly”.

Keywords:   Charles George Gordon, British power, sermons, memory, saintly martyrdom, Sudan, William Gladstone

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