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Imperialism and Nationalism were both very powerful motives in the early 19th century Countries felt the need to be great in the eyes of others and thus Europeans went out into the world and grabbed whatever land territory or nation seemed convenient to overtake In 1833 the British government was faced with three different courses of action in Sudan Not to partake in any hostile action against the Egyptians or the Sudanians attempt to conquer Sudan using General Gordan or rescue Gordan and have him pull out Geographically Egypt is directly above the nation of Sudan The Nile Egypts main source of commerce extends down from the Mediterranean Sea down to were it diverges into the White and Blue Nile in the nation of Sudan Among the William Gladstone government of England they had a policy of recognizing Sudan as part of the nation of Egypt Members of both the House of the Lords and the House of the Commons both recognized that war and conquest in the Sudan would not benefit England Sir Wilfrid Lawson a member of the House of Commons brought it to the general attention that Europeans simply werent wanted in Africa and threatened that war was near Another member of the House of Commons Sir George Campbell thought that it would turn into a war of Christianity against Islam much as it had been thousands of years in the past If it came to be a religious issue the entire population of Africa would rise up to take out their Christian oppressors and that would have horrible consequences On January 18 1884 General Gordan left for Egypt He was deployed to occupy the town of Khartoum Sudan a key commerce town that was at the point where the Nile diverged into two separate rivers His occupation symbolized the first step of effective occupation which was necessary due to the Conference of Berlin Yet to the extreme humiliation of the
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