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By Robert O. Collins

ISBN-10: 1349069604

ISBN-13: 9781349069606

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Otherwise Advisory Councils contain the seeds of grave danger and eventually present a free platform for capture by a pushful intelligentsia. Robert O. Collins 19 If the encouragement of native authority in the true sense of the Milner formula is our accepted policy, before old traditions die we ought to get on with the extension and expansion in every direction, thereby sterilising and localising the political germs which must spread from the lower Nile into Khartoum. Under the impulse of new ideas and with the rise of a new generation, old traditions may pass away with astonishing rapidity.

Generous leaves of ninety days per year were mandatory, and because such leaves were not calculated until one reached Alexandria, an individual who was stationed in some remote district might be away as much as five months from his post in any given year . The deep concern for the effects of the Sudan's harsh climate can be found in any of Conrad's novels, but justified for permanent officials a prolonged annual holiday during the English summer season . Even the formidable Civil Secretary of the Sudan Government, Sir Harold MacMichael, remembered with fond nost algia the attractive prospect for a young man to spend his summers in the English countryside.

The liberalism of the present appeared to have triumphed over the traditional authoritarianism of the past. By this time the British had departed. They left behind their patrimony and example among the diverse peoples and land that make up today's Democratic Republic of the Sudan. Diversity there was and still is, but the British officers found the Sudan as one and as one they turned it over to the Sudanese and left in the only manner they knew - as gentlemen. The concept of oneness thus remains, and although many Sudanese and non-Sudanese alike regard its diversity as a hopeless Robert O.

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