By J Lee Thompson
Whilst Alfred Milner (1854-1925) was once knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our universal country'. via this he intended the broader patriotism of the British Empire, the furthering of which he made his life's paintings. this can be the 1st examine of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its fundamental topic. His profession is tested as a complete, from the genesis of his imperial ideology at Oxford, via his time as excessive Commissioner in South Africa throughout the Boer battle, to his days as Minister of warfare through the ultimate seven months of the 1st international warfare. Famously, Milner propagated his rules via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing booklet, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a bunch of younger lady supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This e-book relies on wide basic examine in files within the united kingdom, North the USA and South Africa.
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In line with British public opinion, Salisbury, who also acted as Foreign Secretary, came to value the strategic importance of Egypt as a hedge against growing German influence on an Ottoman Empire which seemed more and more likely to disintegrate. 5 The Khedive made a substantial yearly payment to the Sublime Porte for the privilege of ruling Egypt according to a firman (license) granted at the beginning of his reign. The British hierarchy officially only advised the Khedive and his government, staffed in the main by a non-Egyptian Turco-Circassian elite, headed by the Prime Minister, Riaz Pasha.
He had his father’s good manners, seemed ‘interested in things & anxious to see them right’. To all appearances he was ‘straightforward & not vicious’, wrote Milner, ‘But what can you expect of a lad of 17 with all the evil influences to wh. ’ The British had got a firm grip on the administration, but had 32 A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire never had ‘even a footing in the Palace’. 37 Things were worse than Milner feared. Abbas had already been ‘saturated’ with anti-British ideas by his French teacher at Vienna where he had seen Habsburg power wielded directly.
Abbas lost the round, but emerged from the affair a popular hero, who, despite promises of cooperation, would continue to test British resolve. Four years later, Milner was the man on the spot when another nationality tested British resolve, this time in South Africa. In February 1897 he accepted Chamberlain’s invitation to go out to Cape Town as High Commissioner and Governor of the Cape Colony. This clever and unexpected move was meant to take advantage of the bi-partisan reputation Milner had gained for ‘sweet reasonableness’.
A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire by J Lee Thompson