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To start off with, he makes known that Cecil Rhodes in his first 5 wills wanted to leave his inheritance to start a secret society to preserve and expand the British Empire. Quigley maintains that this society was formed in 1891, consisting of Rhodes, William Stead(influential British columnist), Lord Esher(influential advisor to the royal family), and Alfred Milner(later Commissioner in South Africa). They were to form a sort of 'old boy' network, where they would try to recruit like-minded influential people and bring them on board.
They pioneered the use of study groups to float ideas around and criticize them to anticipate opposition. When they reached sufficient consensus(this was facilitated by participants being all liberal imperialists), they would use their collective influence to get their project implemented. They used their influence at universities as recruiting grounds for people of ability. Using money from trusts such as the Rhodes Trust, Beit Trust, Carnegie Trust, they set up and controlled chairs and lectureships at universities to study foreign relations and Imperial affairs. By using their power of patronage, they filled these posts with fellow liberal imperialists.
They also controlled the Times, the Round Table, and created the Royal Institute for International Affairs.Read more ›
A must read for those who want to see America remain a sovereign nation.
Quigley gives a meticulous account of the history of the Rhodes scholarships, and those that implemented the desires set forth in the wills of Cecil Rhodes, the British diamond king and colonial statesman.
Since 1904, this scholarship has been used to train "men of ability and enthusiasm who find no suitable way to serve their country under the current political system" at Oxford Universary in England. The goal is uniting the world. These Rhodes scholars are now serving in key positions all over the world.
Much of the book is devoted to Sir Alfred Milner and the "Milner Group." Upon Rhodes' death, Milner obtained control of Rhodes' money and was able to use it to lubricate the working of propaganda throughout the world.
Quigley says of the Milner group: "No country that values its safety should allow what the Milner group accomplished - that is, that a small number of men would be able to wield such power in administration and politics, should be given almost complete control over the publication of documents relating to their actions, should be able to exercise such influence over the avenues of information that create public opinion, and should be able to monopolize so completely the writing and the teaching of the history of their own period."
Interestingly, a footnote in the concluding chapter states that the last important public act of the Milner group was the drawing of a Yugoslav boundary in 1946. After this the group, states Quigley, "ground its way to a finish of bitterness and ashes."
Could the present crisis in Yugoslavia and the use of "allied force" be a Phoenix rising from the ashes? Read the book and decide for yourself.
Quigley proclaimed himself on many occasions as the historian of these elites, as they allowed him into their secret doors in order to have him research their steps and advocate for their causes, and rewrite the world history in their favor.
Tragedy and Hope is a much better book that than this one, but "The Anglo-American Establishment" might make anyway an interesting reading for the curious mind....
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I had high expectations for the book but it was extremely boring! A large part of it was just a listing of names and positions they held Ina wide spectrum of organizations. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Slow going. Hard reading but very informative and very thoughtful. Lots of things we commonly accept were started under this auspices back in the early 20th century. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dennis Herdina
Brithish history cannot be fuly understood without the information in this book.Published 16 months ago by g. edward coey
This is a well researched book. I cant imagine anyone not gleaning some new information from it. Also, this is not a continuation of Tragedy and Hope, that book is The World Since... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeremy Whiteley