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 means 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 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 in the course of the Boer battle, to his days as Minister of warfare through the ultimate seven months of the 1st international warfare. Famously, Milner propagated his rules via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing publication, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a gaggle of younger girl supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This e-book is predicated on large basic learn in records within the united kingdom, North the United States and South Africa.
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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.
Goschen asked what justice there was for the loyalist Irish who wanted to remain part of the Empire? However, many constituency Liberal organizations were not comfortable with their leaders on the same platform as the Conservatives. Consequently, to carry on the struggle Goschen and Hartington started a separate Liberal Unionist organization. 40 Milner said of the zeal put into this effort to defeat Gladstone and his Home Rule Bill that ‘for the Liberal-Unionist propaganda we slaved ourselves to shreds.
Baring took Milner’s advice to be more aggres- 30 A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire sive in courting the public, particularly making him cognizant that his Foreign Office reports, which were published, were potentially useful propaganda tools. Baring told Milner that he had ‘done your part of the work well’ and promised to write more reports. e. 29 Nevertheless, Milner believed the general situation of affairs ‘no doubt enormously improved by the disappearance of Riaz Pasha’, but he saw other sources of trouble ahead.
A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire by J Lee Thompson