Britain's Imperial Administrators, 1858-1966 (St Antony's by A. Kirk-Greene

By A. Kirk-Greene

Britain's well-known abroad civil prone - the Colonial Administrative carrier, the Indian Civil carrier and the Sudan Political carrier - now not exist as a big and sought-after occupation for Britain's graduates. during this targeted examine the historical past of every provider is gifted in the framework of the necessity to administer an increasing empire. shut realization is paid to the equipment of recruitment and coaching and to the socio-educational history of the in another country directors in addition to to the character in their paintings. the celebrated incumbents of presidency condominium are revealingly tested. The impression of decolonisation on in another country officers and the categories of 'second careers' which they took up are documented. This authoritative narrative historical past is enlivened by means of recourse to provider lore and anecdotes.

Show description

Read Online or Download Britain's Imperial Administrators, 1858-1966 (St Antony's Series) PDF

Best industries books

Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility

This e-book examines anti-corporate activism within the usa, together with research of anti-corporate demanding situations linked to social activities as various because the Civil Rights move and the Dolphin-Safe Tuna move. utilizing a different dataset of protest occasions within the usa, the booklet indicates that anti-corporate activism is essentially approximately company regulations, items, and negligence.

The New Chinese Traveler: Business Opportunities from the Chinese Travel Revolution (Palgrave Pocket Consultants)

This e-book explains the rising developments and advancements of chinese language outbound shuttle, along the motivations, wishes and expectancies of chinese language tourists themselves. jam-packed with interviews, this publication can assist companies create services that meet the quickly evolving and diversifying necessities of tech-savvy chinese language tourists.

Extra info for Britain's Imperial Administrators, 1858-1966 (St Antony's Series)

Example text

28 For personal reasons, the Quee n became less involved, a nd it was the Council of India which dominated the India Office staff still feeling their way in a new Department of State. Ye t for all the accusations of foot-dragging, irresponsibility and lack of imagination levelled by Secre taries of State, V iceroys (notably Elgin and Curzon) and 1ndian nationalists down the years, there can be no denial that the Council of India e njoyed three valuable attributes: they knew fro m fi rst-ha nd what they were talking about, they offered a degree of continui ty in the fly-bynight appointment of a political Secretary of State, and they we re to a considerable exte nt insulated from the pressures of politics, home as well as Indian.

On the eve of the constitutionally radical 'Balfour formula' announced at the milestone Imperial Conference of 1926, a new post of Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs was created to take charge of business relating to the five self-governing Dominions (then also including the Irish Free State, constituted in 1922), the new self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia, and the three South African [sic] Protectorates of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland. These three High Commission Territories did An Empire to be Administered: the Metropolitan Organization 37 not come under Colonial Office jurisdiction for staffing purposes until 1961.

That unique institution, the Council of India, provided the India Office with, in the opinion of one Indianist historian. 'a certain Indian ethos that set its 'paper empire' apart from the departments of state dealing with 32 Environment peoples elsewhere'22 and often exhibited, as Donovan Williams argues, a more incisive grasp of the realities of the local Indian scene than that evinced by either the Colonial Office or the Foreign Office. 23 In the hands of such an archcivil servant as the gifted Arthur Godley, who held the headship of the India Office for the astonishing period of twenty-six years (1883-1909) and declined the Permanent Under-Secretaryship of the Foreign, War or Colonial Offices, Asquith's description of Godley as 'the real Governor of India under a succession of Viceroys'24 (for which appointment he himself had been short listed by the Cabinet) was an apt and acceptable bon mot.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.94 of 5 – based on 47 votes