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Cecil Rhodes Man and Empire-Maker   By: (1858-1941)

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CECIL RHODES

Man and Empire Maker

by

PRINCESS CATHERINE RADZIWILL (CATHERINE KOLB DANVIN)

With Eight Photogravure Plates

Cassell & Company, Ltd London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne

1918

[Illustration: THE RT. HON. CECIL RHODES]

CONTENTS

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1. CECIL RHODES AND SIR ALFRED MILNER 1 2. THE FOUNDATIONS OF FORTUNE 17 3. A COMPLEX PERSONALITY 28 4. MRS. VAN KOOPMAN 40 5. RHODES AND THE RAID 50 6. THE AFTERMATH OF THE RAID 69 7. RHODES AND THE AFRIKANDER BOND 82 8. THE INFLUENCE OF SIR ALFRED MILNER 104 9. THE OPENING OF THE NEW CENTURY 120 10. AN ESTIMATE OF SIR ALFRED MILNER 130 11. CROSS CURRENTS 144 12. THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS 157 13. THE PRISONERS' CAMPS 170 14. IN FLIGHT FROM THE RAND 191 15. DEALING WITH THE REFUGEES 202 16. UNDER MARTIAL LAW 214 CONCLUSION INDEX

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

THE RT. HON. CECIL RHODES Frontispiece

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THE RT. HON. W.P. SCHREINER 32 PRESIDENT KRUGER 68 THE HON. J.H. HOFMEYR 86 THE RT. HON. SIR W.F. HELY HUTCHINSON 98 VISCOUNT MILNER 132 THE RT. HON. SIR LEANDER STARR JAMESON 148 THE RT. HON. SIR JOHN GORDON SPRIGG 224

INTRODUCTION

The recent death of Sir Starr Jameson reminded the public of the South African War, which was such an engrossing subject to the British public at the close of the 'nineties and the first years of the present century. Yet though it may seem quite out of date to reopen the question when so many more important matters occupy attention, the relationship between South Africa and England is no small matter. It has also had its influence on actual events, if only by proving to the world the talent which Great Britain has displayed in the administration of her vast Colonies and the tact with which British statesmen have contrived to convert their foes of the day before into friends, sincere, devoted and true.

No other country in the world could have achieved such a success as did England in the complicated and singularly difficult task of making itself popular among nations whose independence it had destroyed.

The secret of this wonderful performance lies principally in the care which England has exercised to secure the welfare of the annexed population, and to do nothing likely to keep them in remembrance of the subordinate position into which they had been reduced. England never crushes those whom it subdues. Its inbred talent for colonisation has invariably led it along the right path in regard to its colonial development. Even in cases where Britain made the weight of its rule rather heavy for the people whom it had conquered, there still developed among them a desire to remain federated to the British Empire, and also a conviction that union, though it might be unpleasant to their personal feelings and sympathies, was, after all, the best thing which could have happened to them in regard to their material interests.

Prosperity has invariably attended British rule wherever it has found scope to develop itself, and at the present hour British patriotism is far more demonstrative in India, Australia or South Africa than it is in England itself. The sentiments thus strongly expressed impart a certain zealotism to their feelings, which constitutes a strong link with the Mother Country. In any hour of national danger or calamity this trait provides her with the enthusiastic help of her children from across the seas... Continue reading book >>




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