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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

By Strachey, Lionel

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Title: Memoirs of an Arabian Princess  
Author: Strachey, Lionel
Language: English
Subject: Fiction--Women authors--History and criticism., Literature--Women authors, Literature
Collections: Women Writers Collection
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Excerpt: AUTHENTICITY OF THESE MEMOIRS. THE work of which a translation is here offered originally came out as Memoiren einer arabischen Prinzessin. Published by a Berlin firm in 1886, it was immediately followed by an English edition, which seems to have attracted little interest, both the German and the English versions soon falling into obscurity and going out of print. When these memoirs appeared, however, Germany's colonial ambitions were newly fledged; the British East Africa Protectorate (which includes Zanzibar) was still forming; the French had only recently withdrawn from the joint control of Egypt and Lord Cromer's sway was but just beginning; Zulu-land was an independent monarchy; the Transvaal and the Orange Free State were recognised as republics; Italian troops were yet to be severely defeated by Abyssinian blackamoors; nobody imagined that Great Britain must one day put forth all her strength to subdue fifty thousand Dutch peasants; a Cape-to-Cairo railway was unthought of. Briefly, to the world at large the Black Continent and its peoples then meant less than to-day.


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