By J Lee Thompson
While Alfred Milner (1854-1925) used to be 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 learn of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its basic topic. His occupation is tested as an entire, from the genesis of his imperial ideology at Oxford, via his time as excessive Commissioner in South Africa in the course of the Boer conflict, to his days as Minister of struggle in the course of the ultimate seven months of the 1st international conflict. Famously, Milner propagated his principles via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing booklet, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a gaggle of younger lady supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This publication is predicated on huge fundamental study in records within the united kingdom, North the US and South Africa.
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55 Rhodes had been busy promoting the idea of extending a telegraph line from South Africa to Cairo, as a first step before a ‘Cape to Cairo’ rail line. The first leg would be from Salisbury in Rhodesia to Uganda. He told Milner that he was ‘glad I came for it makes me more than ever confident as to my telegraph – Egypt will be forced back to Khartoum and nothing can stop Cromer and Egypt 35 her eventually re-occupying the Soudan. I think too that we cannot get out of Uganda where gradually a settled government will be formed and eat away the Mahdi base.
Stead introduced Milner to the Cape Colossus, whom the editor championed in his new journal, the Review of Reviews. Milner, however, remained sceptical of what he considered Rhodes’s commercial brand of imperialism. A few months before the Charter was granted he had corresponded with the imperialist missionary John Mackenzie, who was worried about the commercial designs of Rhodes on his beloved Bechuanaland. Milner told his friend that he quite agreed with him ‘as to the respective spheres of Imperial administration and commercial enterprise.
This invaluable financial training gave Milner the expertise needed three years later to accept Sir Evelyn Baring’s invitation (on Goschen’s strong recommendation) to come out to Egypt as Director-General of Accounts for the Khedive Tewfik. 3 CROMER AND EGYPT In November 1889 Milner arrived in Cairo to take up his duties as DirectorGeneral of Accounts for the Khedive Tewfik. He succeeded Elwin Palmer, who was promoted to the position of Financial Advisor when Sir Edgar Vincent (later Lord D’Abernon) resigned to become Governor of the Imperial Ottoman Bank at Constantinople.