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978-0-09-457880-7 / 9780094578807

Milner: Viscount Milner of St. James's and Cape Town, 1854-1925

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Publisher:Constable

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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This is the first fully comprehensive biography of Milner, providing the reader with a well-balanced account of his life and work. He was born in 1854 at Giessen, a small university town some 50 miles east of the Rhine, but he came of English North Country commercial stock. His childhood was not easy and in adolescence tragedy overtook him when his mother, to whom he was devoted, died. Adversity seemed to strengthen his resolve.

Milner went up to Ballot College, Oxford, in 1873, where he had a brilliant academic career. It was the Balliol of the celebrated Dr Jowett, whose success in making the college famous as a nursery of distinguished public men was probably due to his simple gospel of hard, honest brain work. He became in course of time the private secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and then financial adviser to Lord Cromer in Egypt. In the chapters of the book which follow this appointment, we see how Milner is inspired with the curiously contrasting concepts of socialism and imperial unity, and how he is convinced that, just as the rich should be taxed to help the poor at home, so the imperial motherland, with all its wealth of experience in democratic government, should unite its colonial people under its beneficent rule.

Late in life, Milner married Lady Edward Cecil, a woman of strong will and unusual literary talents, who survived him by 33 years.

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