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Recollections of Forty Years

Recollections of Forty Years
2 Volume Set

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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108026413

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  • The French diplomat and engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805–1894) was instrumental in the successful completion of the Suez Canal, which reduced by 3000 miles the distance by sea between Bombay and London. This two-volume memoir, written towards the end of his life and dedicated to his children, was published in this English translation in 1887. In it, de Lesseps describes his experiences in Europe and North Africa, beginning with accounts of diplomatic missions to Rome and Madrid during the political unrest of the late 1840s, and continuing with substantial coverage of the Suez project. He also includes reflections on European and colonial history and politics, an essay on steam power, and a report on the 1879 Paris conference that led to a controversial and abortive early attempt by a French company to build the Panama Canal.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108026413
    • length: 661 pages
    • dimensions: 330 x 252 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Translator's preface
    1. The mission to Rome
    2. Episodes of 1848 at Paris and Madrid
    3. Rome, Suez, Panama
    4. The origin of the Suez Canal. Volume 2:
    4 (continued). The origin of the Suez Canal
    5. A question of the day
    6. After the war of 1870–1871
    7. The Interoceanic Canal and the congress of 1879
    8. Steam
    9. Algeria and Tunis
    10. Abd-el-Kader
    11. Abyssinia
    12. The origin and duties of consuls
    13. The French Academy.

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    Ferdinand de Lesseps

    Translator

    C. B. Pitman

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