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Bonds of silk: the human factor in the British by Francis Mading Deng

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The attraction of what Owen termed "adventure and wild life" normally connotes a stereotype of Africa which had little, if anything, to do with reality. In the context of British rule in the vast, Page 16 sparsely-populated Sudan, however, some tendency in that direction was useful for what could otherwise have been an assignment of severe hardship in remote areas, involving a population far removed from the British cultural experience. R. C. Wakefield recalled applying for a surveying position in the Sudan largely because of the open air life of Africa in general.

The departments of government, improving the agriculture of the country, improving the education, and so forth. . There is not a Page 19 job . . " "I think I understood that [my mission] was to take part in the government of the country," J. W. Kenrick wrote, "and that entailed playing a part in the maintenance of peace, the administration of justice, and the development of education, agriculture and economic affairs, with the ultimate aim of helping the nation to achieve a higher standard of living and political independence.

The Political Service recruited heavily from Oxford and Cambridge (nearly 90 percent of the total of approximately 310 graduates recruited to the service)4 and drew disproportionately from varsity athletes (30 percent) as well as excellent scholars (10 percent held first-class degrees). Only the Indian Civil Service before the early 1930s could claim a better-qualified group of political officers. The attitudes reflected by the thirty-one British respondents in these pages show the preference of many British administrators for rural districts.

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