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 subject. 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 struggle, to his days as Minister of battle through the ultimate seven months of the 1st global battle. Famously, Milner propagated his rules via his 'kindergarten', a gaggle of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this interesting e-book, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a bunch of younger lady supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This ebook is predicated on large fundamental learn in files within the united kingdom, North the US and South Africa.
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Losing sight of the essentials of S. African policy over the technicalities of these wretched Treaties’. The point to remember was that the ‘whole political power in the Transvaal’ was ‘in the hands of the Boer Oligarchy – armed to the teeth. ’ Any delusions otherwise had been dispelled by the recent election result. ‘Two wholly antagonistic systems – a mediaeval race oligarchy, and a modern industrial state, recognizing no difference of status between the various white races – cannot permanently live side by side in what is after all one country.
I may seem some times to be doing odd things – to those who are not on the spot to see the whole game - and I shall have no time to explain. 4 Another sympathetic press figure in whom Milner confided was Edmund Garrett, editor of the pro-Rhodes Cape Times, who, as it happened, was visiting London in early 1897. The two had first met in Egypt and both had been trained by Stead at the Pall Mall Gazette. 5 Before he departed Milner was subjected to what he called a ‘hailstorm’ of congratulatory dinners and luncheons.
14 Fitzpatrick had been working behind the scenes for reform in the Transvaal despite being banned from political activity for three years on account of his role as Secretary of the Johannesburg Reform Committee at the time of the Jameson Raid. The High Commissioner became a political mentor to the younger man, who also dreamed of British supremacy in South Africa. As a representative of the Chamber of Mines (recognized by the South African Republic as the voice of the mining industry), Fitzpatrick played a major role in the various negotiations between the industry and the Transvaal, keeping Milner informed at each step along the way.
A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire by J Lee Thompson