By J Lee Thompson

Whilst Alfred Milner was once knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our universal country'. this is often the examine of Milner, which takes his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its basic subject matter. It additionally discovers a gaggle of younger lady supporters of his imaginative and prescient.

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36 The young Khedive, Milner believed, was a ‘boy of good disposition’, who made a very good impression when he was over in the summer from school. He had his father’s good manners, seemed ‘interested in things & anxious to see them right’. To all appearances he was ‘straightforward & not vicious’, wrote Milner, ‘But what can you expect of a lad of 17 with all the evil influences to wh. ’ The British had got a firm grip on the administration, but had 32 A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire never had ‘even a footing in the Palace’.

18 Official etiquette required that Milner travel to Alexandria to give personal thanks for the appointment to the Khedive, whom he found ‘very friendly, though not exactly cordial’. After that he was for some time ‘pretty well flooded with the work of my new office, wh. 19 That autumn, the pending question of Milner’s successor in the director-generalship was solved by dividing the job between a controller of accounts and a controller of direct taxes. 20 Though Milner certainly did his part, Gorst acted as Baring’s chief propagandist, using his position as the secret correspondent of The Times in Cairo.

Even though the Salisbury Government was constantly harassed on account of the Egyptian occupation, by 1889 the Prime Minister had amended his earlier sympathetic view of evacuation. In line with British public opinion, Salisbury, who also acted as Foreign Secretary, came to value the strategic importance of Egypt as a hedge against growing German influence on an Ottoman Empire which seemed more and more likely to disintegrate. 5 The Khedive made a substantial yearly payment to the Sublime Porte for the privilege of ruling Egypt according to a firman (license) granted at the beginning of his reign.

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