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A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire by J Lee Thompson

By J Lee Thompson

While 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 is often the 1st examine of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its basic topic. His occupation 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 struggle, to his days as Minister of struggle throughout the ultimate seven months of the 1st global struggle. Famously, Milner propagated his principles via his 'kindergarten', a bunch of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing publication, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a gaggle of younger lady supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This ebook relies on huge basic study in information within the united kingdom, North the United States and South Africa.

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However, agreements were hard to come by. Time and again, either the British, the French or the Sublime Port, balked at final signature. Consequently, no substantial settlement was reached until the Entente Cordiale of 1904. After a few months at his new post, Milner reported that he was feeling very well and the work was ‘not extremely heavy’. Six or seven hours a day kept things straight, but this did not include the time required in ‘getting up the whole Cromer and Egypt 27 subject of Egypt or in struggling with Arabic – a truly appalling language for which none of one’s past studies have prepared one in the least’.

40 Milner said of the zeal put into this effort to defeat Gladstone and his Home Rule Bill that ‘for the Liberal-Unionist propaganda we slaved ourselves to shreds. We poured out pamphlets and leaflets. ’41 An 22 A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire electric atmosphere of intrigue and excitement surrounded the following General Election battle in which Milner chose to stay on the sidelines organizing the party. The Pall Mall Gazette, led by Stead, supported Home Rule and called on Gladstone to retain Irish members at Westminster.

As much of the country’s debt was held by its citizens, France also objected to converting Egyptian loans, which the British put forward as cost-saving measures. In every negotiation, the French attempted to force from the Salisbury government a date for eventual withdrawal and a proclamation of Suez Canal neutrality in time of war. However, agreements were hard to come by. Time and again, either the British, the French or the Sublime Port, balked at final signature. Consequently, no substantial settlement was reached until the Entente Cordiale of 1904.

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