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Kitchener: Hero and Anti-Hero

Kitchener: Hero and Anti-Hero
C. Brad Faught

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Horatio Herbert Kitchener, Earl Kitchener of Khartoum (1850-1916) is one of the most important figures in the history of the British Empire. Beginning as Royal Engineer in the 1870s he would end his career over forty years later as Secretary of State for War - the iconic figure of World War I recruitment posters. In between he became both the most famous British soldier in the world during the peak period of European imperialism, and a celebrated and sometimes controversial pro-consul and administrator. At his death in 1916 he had literally become the 'face' of the British war effort. This new biography offers a timely and modern evaluation of a still disputed and complex military man of empire.

Author Info

C. Brad Faught is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Tyndale University College in Toronto. A graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Toronto, he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Into Africa: The Imperial Life of Margery Perham; The New A-Z of Empire (both published by I.B.Tauris); The Oxford Movement: A Thematic History of the Tractarians and Their Times and Gordon: Victorian Hero.


‘The author deals fairly and deftly with some of the more notably contentious episodes in Kitchener’s life’. - Andrew Winrow, British Journal for Military History
‘… takes us deep into Kitchener’s thoughts, his actions, and even his disputed sexuality. The book provides a nuanced portrait of Kitchener as a leading figure in the British Empire at its apogee’. - Jules Stewart, Military History Monthly
‘What this book makes manifest is that Kitchener was useful to the British government …’. - Clare Pettitt, Times Literary Supplement

‘His death at sea, from a German mine, is poignantly told.’ - Richard Lofthouse, Oxford Today

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784533502
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2016
Number of Pages: 336
Height: 216
Width: 135
Illustrations: 15 bw in 8pp plates

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