New PDF release: A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire

By J Lee Thompson

ISBN-10: 1851965459

ISBN-13: 9781851965458

ISBN-10: 1851968911

ISBN-13: 9781851968916

Whilst Alfred Milner (1854-1925) was once knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our universal country'. through 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 examine of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its fundamental topic. 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 throughout the Boer warfare, to his days as Minister of battle through the ultimate seven months of the 1st global battle. Famously, Milner propagated his principles via his 'kindergarten', a bunch of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing ebook, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a gaggle of younger lady supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This booklet relies on vast fundamental examine in records within the united kingdom, North the USA and South Africa.

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16 From London, Conyngham Greene, the British Agent in Pretoria, reported to Milner on the pacific attitude he found at the Colonial Office and on waning interest at home in South Africa. Moberly Bell of The Times had told him that the ‘British Public cannot attend to more than two things at once, and they now have the Spanish American War and Khartoum, and it is folly to expect them to take an interest in anything else’. 17 Milner departed himself on 2 November 1898 for a sojourn in England that offered the opportunity to test the newspaper and public opinion waters and to build support for an active and resolute policy.

The Radical programme that had helped win the Liberals many seats in the previous election was forgotten as the Irish question swept all before it. On 14 April, six days after Gladstone introduced his Home Rule Bill, an extraordinary joint rally of anti-Home Rulers from both parties was held at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Opera House in the Haymarket. Salisbury, Goschen and Hartington shared a platform and took turns denouncing Gladstone and the leader of the Irish Nationalist party, Charles Stewart Parnell.

25 By 1891, though Bechuanaland remained outside his clutches, Rhodes was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, master of an immense area already being called Rhodesia, and had written a new will, which added Stead as a second executor. This addition to the financier Lord Rothschild was meant to ensure that Rhodes’s imperial vision would properly be carried out after his death. Milner also made good use of the time amidst his London press and political friends to promote his and Baring’s view of Britain’s role in Egypt.

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