By J Lee Thompson
Whilst Alfred Milner (1854-1925) used to be knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our universal country'. by means 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 fundamental subject matter. 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 throughout the Boer battle, to his days as Minister of struggle in the course of the ultimate seven months of the 1st global struggle. Famously, Milner propagated his rules via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this interesting e-book, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a bunch of younger woman supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This booklet is predicated on huge basic examine in information within the united kingdom, North the USA and South Africa.
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53 For the greater welfare of the people of Egypt and the British Empire Milner pleaded in conclusion for British ‘Perseverance’. England in Egypt went through thirteen editions over three decades in print and its initial success transformed Milner from a relatively obscure civil servant into an imperial figure of note. Winston Churchill later wrote of the book that Milner’s ‘skilful pen displayed what had been overcome, no less than what was accomplished’. The audience, he went on, was ‘eager and sympathetic.
This was also true of his participation in the whirl of the winter social season which opened soon after he arrived. Milner commented in December 1889 on the ‘rush’ in Cairo brought on by what he considered a ludicrous attempt to recreate the London season. It was, he said, a ‘remarkable fact that even the English colony can’t reproduce it here – though they may do their best, the idiots, with their endless social functions and tremendous demands of etiquette’. Following Baring’s lead, the British in Cairo stayed aloof, both from the other Europeans and the Turkish ruling classes.
35 Because of these developments, Milner wrote to Goschen, he fancied the Egyptian question was ‘fast coming to the front again in public interest’. Milner had a news cutting agency supplying him with extracts on the subject and the bundles, once small, had become enormous. For example, The Times of 8 January declared that Tewfik’s death made it all the more important that the British not evacuate Egypt and leave such a young and inexperienced ruler to fall prey to reactionary nationalist movements.
A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire (Empires in Perspective) by J Lee Thompson