By J Lee Thompson
While Alfred Milner (1854-1925) used to be 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 is often the 1st learn of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its fundamental subject. 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 through the Boer struggle, to his days as Minister of battle in the course of the ultimate seven months of the 1st global warfare. Famously, Milner propagated his rules via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing e-book, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a gaggle of younger woman supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This booklet is predicated on huge fundamental examine in files within the united kingdom, North the USA and South Africa.
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36 The electors had returned 335 Liberals, 249 Conservatives and 86 Irish Nationalists with the number of Liberals exactly equaling the combined Conservatives and Nationalists. As a result of the 1884 franchise reform and subsequent redistribution the Nationalists almost swept the board in Ireland and held the political balance. Believing Salisbury’s party more likely to aid their cause, the Irish allowed the Prime Minister to continue in office. It would be a brief and uneasy alliance. 37 When the next month Imperial Propagandist: The Press, Politics and Public Opinion 21 the Government announced that a new Irish Coercion Bill would be introduced, Gladstone, in cooperation with the Irish, decided the time had come to turn them out.
Despite the French, however, reforms were progressing. As long as Britain chose to stick to the task, he believed, France could not ‘upset the Egyptian coach’. The question was ‘whether Great Britain will think it worthwhile … at the cost, or supposed cost, of the continued irritation of France’. 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.
This was a tall order. In their meetings Chamberlain instructed Milner that if a struggle came, the Transvaal must be the aggressor so that the Imperial Government could have the sympathy of the Dutch in the Colony. Any war, said Chamberlain, ‘unless upon the utmost and clearest provocation’, would be unpopular in Britain and involve the despatch of a very large force and cost the Imperial Government millions. 7 Spencer Wilkinson warned Milner that in his opinion ‘you are between three very strong men – Chamberlain, Kruger, and Cecil Rhodes.