Alfred Lord Milner : The Man of No Illusions, 1854-1925. First Edition in dustjacket

By: WRENCH, John Evelyn MILNER, Alfred, Lord

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WRENCH, John Evelyn. Alfred Lord Milner : The Man of No Illusions, 1854-1925. London : Eyre & Spottiswoode Ltd, 1958. First Edition. Pp (6),7-398,(2),frontispiece portrait. Index. 8vo, blue-gray cloth, gilt lettering to maro on panel to spine, top edge dyed maroon. "Sir Evelyn Wrench's life of Alfred Lord Milner is the result of an admiration for that statesman since earlyyouth, and a close community of ideas. Sir Evelyn's work in furthering the cause of Britain overseas is known to everyone; it has been his primary co ncern, in this book, to see that Alfred Milner's work should be revalued inits true light. Alfred Milner's greatest work was done in two places which are still political storm centres - Egypt and South Afrfnca. For his work in Egypt he earned golden opinions everywhere and his summary of factors inherent in the Egyptian situation has a particular interest for us today. Itwas his success in Egypt which led him to the most spectacular assignment of his career, South Africa, from 1898 to 1906. A passionate believer in the "Imperial destiny" of Britain, it was Milner's aim to weld South Africa, including the newly incorporated Boer republics, into a single Dominion with the British ideas of social justice and political freedom paramount. He respected the rights of the old Dutch inhabitants but his main concern was to secure for the newer settlers, British and others, who had done so much to develop South Africa's immense natural resources, the elementary political rights which President Kruger denied them. "there is no way out of the situation in South Africa" said Milner in 1898, "except reform in the Transvaal or war". The war came and it was Milner, "the man of no illusions" as hewas called by the young correspondent of the Morning Post (known to us now as Sir Winston Churchill) who had to see it through, dealing with military squabbles, political agitators, with the problems raised by food shortages and destruction, and then, when the war ended, trying to bring back normal conditions to the devastated country. Sir Evelyn follows Milner from trium ph to disaster, when, over the importation of Chinese labour into the Rand mines, a political storm brought down the Conservative government and Milner went into the wilderness with it, from 1906-1916. This is a political biography, but there is a man behind every political facade and Sir Evelvn. drawing on Milner's own diaries, is able to show us more of the man than has hitherto been revealed. His early life was one of considerable hardship; his loyalty and generosity to his family was a grave handicap to one with no personal fortune. But Milner was always rich in friends; fromhis Oxford days when, like so many other brilliant students of his generation, he came under the influence of Arnold Toynbee; through his work on the Pall Mall Gaxette with W. T. Stead, during his work at the Board of Inland Revenue and atthe Exchequer under George J. Goschen (the first Lord Goschen) who brought hisbrilliant lieutenant into the political limelight. One of the most inte resting parts of this book is the account of Milner's close friendship withMargot Tennant, afterwards Lady Oxford and Asquith, a number of whose char acteristically uninhibited .etters are here published for the first time. Other valued friends were Elinor Glyn, Miss Bertha Synge, and Lord Edward Ccecil, whose widow afterwards became Lady Milner, while among the young men around him, forming what came to be called the "Kindergarten", were John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir), Lionel Curtis, Geoffrey Dawson (afterwards the editor of The Times), and Philip Kerr (Lord Lothian). Milner's private letters and papers reveal a very different man from the popular conception of him as a brilliant intellectual of rather inflexible personality. Alfred Milner was inflexible in one thing only; his tireless devotion to his country and his belief in her Imperial mission; in all other matters he had the realistcapacity of making the best of an existing situation, of working with men of all kinds and of carrying through to a successful conclusion a vast number ot thankless but necessary tasks, on endless war-time committees on foodand production, as a member of Lloyd George's War cabinet from 1916, as a delegate to Russia on the eve of revolution. Sir Evelyn's book does not merely give us a truer picture of a devoted public servant; it sheds a clearerlight on the English political scene during the last decade of tiie Victor ian era and the first quarter of the twentieth century." (from the dj). Contants : Part One: 1854-1897. 1. From Tubingen to Chelsea, via the Old Kent Road. 2. Alfred's school days. 3. What Oxford meant to Milner. 4. Good-bye to Claverton Street. 5. On the Pall Mall Gazette. 6. The friendship with Goschen; the turning point in Milner's career. 7. Civil Servant and Private Secretary to Goschen. 8. Milner in Egypt. 9. On leave; the meeting with Margot. 10. Milner and Margot's Egyptian winter. 11. At Somerset House. 12. 'Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new'. Part Two: South Africa 1897-1905. 13. Miner's arrival in Cape Town; the historical background of the Colony. 14. South Africa: the years of crisis 1897-1898. 15. South Africa: the eve of war, Kruger's ultimatum. 16. The Anglo-Boer War. 17. Milner's last threeyears in South Africa: reconstruction and rehabilitation. Part Three: Last Twenty Years 1905-1925. 18. The reward; Milner's darkest hour. 19. First W orld War; August 4, 1914 to December 8, 1916. MiJner out of office. 20. Milner in office: December 8, 1916 to February 7, 1921 and his last years. 21.Summing up. Very good in nicked, spine-browned, unclipped dustjacket. 40.0 0

Title: Alfred Lord Milner : The Man of No Illusions, 1854-1925. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: WRENCH, John Evelyn MILNER, Alfred, Lord

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Publisher: Eyre & Spottiswoode Ltd, London, 1958,:

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