By J Lee Thompson
Whilst Alfred Milner (1854-1925) was once knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our universal country'. by way of this he intended the broader patriotism of the British Empire, the furthering of which he made his life's paintings. this is often the 1st learn of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its basic subject matter. 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 in the course of the Boer warfare, to his days as Minister of battle through the ultimate seven months of the 1st global struggle. Famously, Milner propagated his principles via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this interesting publication, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a gaggle of younger girl supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This e-book is predicated on wide fundamental study in documents within the united kingdom, North the United States and South Africa.
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Abbas had already been ‘saturated’ with anti-British ideas by his French teacher at Vienna where he had seen Habsburg power wielded directly. 38 Milner was ‘for the moment on the warpath about our position in Egypt. ’ But the danger at home, he believed, was increasing. He told his friend Henry Birchenough that ‘Unless English public opinion can be radically changed about Egypt, you will kick the bucket over yet. ’ The particular point he was ‘keen to make is this, that, so far from our abandonment of Egypt being necessary in order to keep on good terms with France, you have got to stick to Egypt precisely in order to avoid war with France’.
64 In the end, an ultimatum from Cromer (backed by Rosebery to the point of joint resignations) forced the Khedive to dismiss Fakhri and re-appoint Cromer’s choice, Riaz Pasha. 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.
He did not believe in great standing armies, but did believe in the military training of all citizens. 33 The ‘only true spirit’ in which to approach foreign policy, Milner concluded, was one of ‘enlightened patriotism’. He was no ‘cosmopolitan’. He had ‘no sympathy with the “patriots of every country but their own”’. If he urged a policy of concentration and limitation, it was not because he esteemed lightly the imperial position of England, but because ‘our Empire is already so vast and of such great natural expansiveness that our only strength and our only safety lies in striving for its development rather than its extension’.
A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire (Empires in Perspective) by J Lee Thompson