Curzon: Imperial Statesman

Curzon Imperial Statesman Elegant biography a fast moving entertaining and finely written story Simon Schama The New YorkerGeorge Nathaniel Curzon s controversial life in public service stretched from the high noon of his c

  • Title: Curzon: Imperial Statesman
  • Author: DavidGilmour
  • ISBN: 9780374530242
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elegant biography a fast moving, entertaining, and finely written story Simon Schama, The New YorkerGeorge Nathaniel Curzon s controversial life in public service stretched from the high noon of his country s empire to the traumatized years following World War I As viceroy of India under Queen Victoria and foreign secretary under King George V, the obsessive Lo Elegant biography a fast moving, entertaining, and finely written story Simon Schama, The New YorkerGeorge Nathaniel Curzon s controversial life in public service stretched from the high noon of his country s empire to the traumatized years following World War I As viceroy of India under Queen Victoria and foreign secretary under King George V, the obsessive Lord Curzon left his unmistakable mark on the era David Gilmour s award winning book is a brilliant assessment of Curzon s character and achievements, offering a richly dramatic account of the infamous long vendettas, the turbulent friendships, and the passionate, risky love affairs that complicated and enriched his life.Born into the ruling class of what was then the world s greatest power, Curzon was a fervent believer in British imperialism who spent his life proving he was fit for the task Often seen as arrogant and tempestuous, he was loathed as much as he was adored, his work disparaged as much as it was admired In Gilmour s well rounded appraisal, Curzon is seen as a complex, tragic figure, a gifted leader who saw his imperial world overshadowed at the dawn of democracy.

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    1. David Gilmour’s “Curzon: Imperial Statesman” is a superbly detailed biography of a great and complex leader. It is also a survey—maybe two or three of Great Britain, the Middle East, notably Persia, and colonial India. Moreover, it is the history of an era and the history of Great Britain’s role during that time. Finally, it is a small personal genealogical revelation.I have found that in the search of history, one may go to a survey of all history as in Arnold Toynbee's "A Study of Hi [...]

    2. “Curzon” is one of those typically British biographies of dead political figures. Such biographies tend to go into great detail not just about the protagonist, but about long-forgotten political issues fought among long-forgotten men. If you are interested in the protagonist, or the period, this can be excellent, as long as the writing is good, and Gilmour’s is good. But if you’re looking for an objectively thrilling read, you should stay away.Before I read this book, I only knew vaguely [...]

    3. Like the many monuments he helped restore across the provinces of India, the figure of George Curzon (1859-1925) stands upon the pages of history: striking, evocative, and somewhat the worse for wear. Known as one of the most talented conservative British statesmen of his era - Viceroy of India, Foreign Secretary, and Leader of the House of Lords - the public record bears the imprint of his eloquent rhetoric, as well as his political and organizational accomplishments. However, memory gives far [...]

    4. My name is George Nathaniel Curzon,I am a most superior person,My cheek is pink, my hair is sleek,I dine at Blenheim once a week.George Curzon was not a man who harboured doubts about his abilities. He was a hugely able and talented man, but suffered from the imperial outlook common to many men of his background and time. He saw Britain’s status and future greatness as being inextricably linked to the fortunes of the Empire.Curzon was one of the three great British Proconsuls of the Empire at [...]

    5. Gilmour has a difficult task--Curzon was a paragon of the "empire man" of the 19th century British world. It meant that he felt compelled to a life of state service, and while in India conscientiously did things that were (for the 19th century) progressively minded, married to and supported by an American heiress and father of daughters who were social stars (one of them marrying Oswald Mosley, the others orbiting around him like moths). For a modern reader, this is also a path that, in retrospe [...]

    6. First, let me begin by saying that this is a well-written and thorough biography of a crucial British political figure in the early 20th century. That said: Curzon was famous as a hard-nosed, stubborn and brutal Viceroy of India for the British Empire. He rarely got along with people, except for the numerous women he seduced and discarded, and ended up being politically neutralized within his own party for his gruff manner. And this biography bends over backwards to rehabilitate Curzon's reputat [...]

    7. I liked George Curzon and he didn't have it easy despite being born with a silver spoon in his mouth and expectations of greatness. He was the victim of an appalling conspiracy by colleagues and 'friends' in high office and he left his India position without the acclaim that was due to him. I read this book slowly as I was reluctant to let him go as I liked him so much. He stood head and shoulders over those around him and they took from him the positions he would have excelled in. When he did g [...]

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