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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 research of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its basic topic. His profession 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 battle, to his days as Minister of conflict in the course of the ultimate seven months of the 1st international conflict. Famously, Milner propagated his principles via his 'kindergarten', a bunch of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing e-book, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a bunch of younger girl supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This ebook is predicated on broad basic learn in files within the united kingdom, North the USA and South Africa.

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Tall, thin, ambitious, arrogant, and with the trademark luxurious moustache later made famous in the 1914 recruiting poster, Kitchener aroused the intense jealousy of his brother officers. He irked the rest of the British community with his scarcely concealed contempt for society in Cairo with which Milner largely agreed. On visits home, Kitchener became the darling of the best country houses and scaled the heights of London society. Like Milner, he used these contacts well to further his ambitions.

45 Milner was careful to point out that he was not criticizing British policy. The line adopted, he said, of ‘minimizing what we were doing, of avoiding radical solutions and of living from hand to mouth may have certain ultimate advantages’. 46 Nevertheless, England had restored, in Milner’s view, order, stability and promise for the future in Egypt out of a chaotic jumble of ‘international fetters’. 47 England in Egypt also called for the overthrow of the ‘bloody despotism’ of the Khalifa, the Mahdi’s successor in the Sudan.

Nothing else, he went on, ‘would render bearable the exhausting round of petty work, the constant remedying of small injustices or hunting out petty frauds, the weary daily fight with obstructiveness born of stupidity, wh. 34 On 7 January 1892 the Khedive Tewfik, only forty years old, died unexpectedly of pneumonia, leaving the throne to his son Abbas, a student at the Theresianum in Vienna. Milner joined the enormous funeral cortege that took Tewfik to his final resting place. He described the procession as a ‘really wonderful spectacle’.

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