Forgotten Patriot: A Life of Alfred, Viscount Milner of St. James's and Cape Town, 1854-1925

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 455 pages
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When asked to choose the most difficult public figure of his era to capture, the noted political cartoonist Sir Francis Carruthers Gould replied: Milner. You cannot caricature character. Forgotten Patriot is the story of one man's dedication to duty, principles, and the British Empire. Alfred Milner rose from middle-class obscurity to haughty South African High Commissioner and then, after a decade in the wilderness, found redemption as the right hand of David Lloyd George in the five-man War Cabinet of 1916-18. Revered and reviled, Milner inspired the imperial faithful, including his famous kindergarten, while at the same time serving as a lightning rod for critics of Empire. No matter the cost in blood and treasure, Milner believed absolutely that the measures he took to further the imperial cause were justified. This single-minded self-righteousness often blinded him to the realities, political and otherwise, of major events in which he played a central role. J. Lee Thompson is Associate Professor of History at Lamar University.
 

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
9
List of Abbreviations
15
A Copper Spoon Germany and Oxford 185479
19
The Inner Temple and Fleet Street 187984
33
A Taste of Politics 188486
43
Civil Service 188689
56
England Abroad Egypt 188991
64
Love and Disappointment 189192
74
Peace of a Sort and Politics 1902
188
War Without Bullets Reconstruction 19025
219
A Political Ishmaelite 19057
238
Constructive Imperialism 19079
257
Round Tables and Diehards 190913
275
A Strenuous and Not Too Scrupulous Conspiracy Ireland 191314
292
Ruined Gardens 191416
309
On Lloyd Georges General Staff War Cabinet 191618
327

An Ideal Public Servant Somerset House 189296
84
Active Work Out of England To South Africa 189697
102
Bartle Frere Over Again 189899
119
A Very Dangerous Man 1899
135
Very Like Armageddon 18991900
152
A Miserable Business Guerrilla War 19001902
170
A Peace to End Peace 191821
348
The Last Lap Private Life 192125
369
Notes
386
Selected Bibliography
435
Index
446
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J. Lee Thompson is Associate Professor of History at Lamar University.

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