Peoples of the World, by B. Parkes-Belloc

Peoples of the World, by B. Parkes-Belloc

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...struggles must be looked for. But we of Western Europe must hope that we are still too strong to allow Russian and Turk, Sclave, Tartar, and Cossack, to jeopardise the civilisation for which we have worked for two thousand years. THE EGYPTIAN. "The locust is fierce, and strong, and grim, And an arm'd man is afraid of him: He comes with famine and fear along, An army a million million strong; From the deserts of burning sand they speed, Where the lions roam and the serpents breed, Far over the sea, away, away! And they darken the sun at noon of day."--Mary Howitt. HE modern inhabitant of Egypt is of so many races, that it is not easy to catch and describe him. The people are now commonly called Arabs, but the rulers are Turks; and in the seaport towns on the Delta of the Nile, is a great population of Christians, merchants from all the Mediterranean ports, and also Copts and Armenians. To take the rulers first;--the Turks have always been rather worse here than in Turkey. Mr Bayle St John, in his very interesting book, "Two Years' Residence in a Levantine Family," gives a dismal picture of Mohammed AH, the great pasha, who reigned in Egypt twenty years ago, and of his sons and grandsons. He was succeeded by one of the latter, Abbas Pasha, who spent his leisure time in "ram fighting and building palaces." Mohammed Ali had enjoyed a considerable reputation as a sovereign of advanced views; and he did make great efforts to introduce certain European changes; but Mr St John tells us that vanity and ambition were his principal motives, and that Egypt under his government was " like a child forced to play the part of a man;" while the depth of the pasha's knowledge of the art of managing a kingdom may be more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624491
  • 9781236624499