Andrew Lycett

Following The Pharohs

Lord Cromer: Victorian Imperialist, Edwardian Proconsul

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WAS LORD CURZON, as Vicemy of India, or Lord Cromer, as London’s agent and consul-general in Cairo, the most powerful man in the British Empire? It was a close-run thing: Curzon was surrounded by more ceremony and probably enjoyed more influence, but Cromer had greater, more enduring command over a country’s political and economic development as the architect of ‘Modern Egypt’ (the title of his best-selling book of 1908).

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