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 can be the 1st research of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its fundamental 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 throughout the Boer warfare, to his days as Minister of warfare throughout the ultimate seven months of the 1st international warfare. Famously, Milner propagated his principles via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing e-book, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a bunch of younger lady supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This booklet is predicated on vast fundamental study in documents within the united kingdom, North the United States and South Africa.
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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. After a few months at his new post, Milner reported that he was feeling very well and the work was ‘not extremely heavy’.
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. Milner told Goschen that the French were ‘very depressed by the death of the Khedive: they think providence is playing into our hands. Oddly enough, the English are equally low.
Milner also visited Rosebery at Mentmore and Lord Rothschild at Tring. At the last he must have discussed the unsuccessful attempts of the Transvaal to gain international loans. Milner was commanded to dine and sleep at Windsor. 19 At Sandringham, Milner had a ‘pleasant, sociable talk’ with the Prince of Wales, who had been ‘anxious’ to see him.
A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire by J Lee Thompson