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Victorian Imperialist, Edwardian Proconsulav Roger Owen1599
In the heyday of Empire just before the First World War, Lord Cromer was second only to Lord Curzon in fame and public esteem. In the days when Cairo and Calcutta represented the twin poles of British power in Asia and Africa, Cromer's commanding presence seemed to radiate the essential spirit of imperial rule. In this first modern biography Roger Owen charts the life of the man revered by the British and hated by today's Egyptians, the real ruler of Egypt for a
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Andrew Lycett, Literary Review Judicious and timely biography ... Owen does not need to apologise for the Proconsul. He successfully explains him and his actions in his subject's own termsmuch as David Gilmour did in his biography of Lord Curzon, and that is praise indeed.
Andrew Lycett, Literary Review Owen presents a man of liberal principles forced, like Tony Blair, to change his approach because of the demands of the job. He is good on the diplomatic connotations of Baring's policies and skilfully integrates the necessary economic detail into his text.
Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Telegraph The story of the way that Cromer imposed his will by constantly outmanoeuvring French investors, Cairo journalists, British Radical politicians, Egyptian premiers, gung-ho generals and Turkish suzerains makes this a fascinating read.
Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Telegraph Owen's fine and scholarly book shows how in fact there was a delightful personality behind the proconsul who always looked as though he was modelling for his own statue.
Philip Mansel, The Spectator This masterly biography, the first modern life of one of the most famous of British imperialists. Roger Owen is the first person to make extensive use of Cromer's notes and the archives in the Foreign office and in the India Office concerning his years of power.
PART I: THE TRAINING OF AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN; 1. A Norfolk Childhood 1841-1852; 2. A Military Education 1852-1859; 3. Garrison Life in Corfu 1858-1864; 4. Helping to Govern Malta but with Many Excursions 1864-1867; 5. Staff Officer and Military Reformer 1867-1872; PART II: AN APPRENTICESHIP IN IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCE: INDIA AND EGYPT 1872-1883; 6. The Vice-Viceroy: India 1872-1876; 7. Marriage, the End of a Military Career, and off to the East Again 1876-1879; 8. Controlling Egypt's Finances 1879-1880; 9. Lord Ripon's Right-Hand Man in India 1880-1883; PART III: GOVERNING EGYPT 1883-1907; 10. Digging In: September 1883 to Summer 1885; 11. Surviving the Drummond Wolff Mission and the 'Race against Bankruptcy'; 12. Asserting British Control 1887-1891; 13. Cracking the Whip 1892-1895; 14. Sudan Again and the Tragedy of Ethel's Death 1895-1899; 15. Years of Economic Success 1900-1904; 16. Things Fall Apart 1904-1907; 17. Return to England 1907-1908; PART IV: RE-IMMERSION IN BRITISH POLITICAL LIFE 1908-1917; 18. An Active Retirement 1908-1914; 19. The World War, the Dardanelles Commission and Death 1914-1917; 20. Conclusion: A Life in Government; Bibliography; Index