Reading: Levine, The British Empire: Sunrise To sunset, Chapter 6 Global Growth &7 Ruling an empire

Levine and the Lecture Notes can only touch on a few of the “New Imperialists” who found a political voice—and, often, important administrative positions in the empire—in the second half of the 19th century. Milner, Curzon, Rhodes, Cromer, Chamberlain, Kipling, and the administrators who came up through “Milner’s Kindergarten” all articulated a powerful sense of mission for Britain in which imperial growth was an essential component.
Please introduce us to one of these administrators. The best contributions will go beyond a “data dump” and work to integrate this figure into the imperial context we’ve considered this week.
+ What drove their enthusiasm for empire?
+ What specific legislative acts or policies did they call for?
+ Why did your “imperialist” see the Empire as so vital to Britain’s future?
+ How did they work to counter the arguments that imperialism was expensive, futile, and acquired in a “fit of absent-mindedness,” an unfortunate legacy from an earlier age?