By Philip G Wigley
This booklet experiences the relatives among Britain and Canada from the tip of the 1st international conflict to the Imperial convention of 1926. it's involved largely with the issues of imperial co-operation and session in international affairs and defence coverage, and with the pressures constructing out of those difficulties to reformulate the constitutional family members of england and her dominions. during analyzing Canadian makes an attempt to redefine empire-commonwealth relationships this booklet additionally throws clean gentle at the evolution of British attitudes to the dominions in the course of those years. usually there have been severe coverage disagreements in Whitehall - the Colonial place of work who prefer to conciliate, the overseas workplace to problem the out of the country governments - and Dr Wigley, with shut realization to legitimate and personal papers, exhibits sincerely that advancements during this interval owed way more to Britain's personal responses and priorities than has been formerly realised.
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Constitutional affairs, iyij 39 bureaucracy' had come to power/whose ideas were not those of Mr. Lloyd George . . but of Lord Milner'. 19 The new format of the 1917 imperial discussions bore witness to the influence of the group. And it was Milner's intention not merely to see that the hybrid Imperial War Cabinet survived, but to make it the point of growth of a federated structure linking Britain and the dominions. Nonetheless, despite the impressive political advantages that Milner with his associates now enjoyed, his campaign for imperial federation still lacked the essential support of his prime minister.
As an ambitious career civil servant in a new and untried post he was cautious to a fault about being identified with any interest group, and particularly in these opening months of his job was distinctly cool towards Amery, whom he considered 'foisted on me by Milner'. 4 But his own earlier hopes for the creation of consultative machinery capable of giving the dominions a voice in imperial affairs were still alive, provided only that he could remain at the administrative centre of control. To none of these men, in their enthusiasm for empire and their privileged access to Lloyd George, were the anxieties of the colonial secretary of great concern, except perhaps as an expression of the traditional patterns of organization that now needed clearing away.
And the stimulus of war itself failed to create any wider 22 23 24 25 Milner papers: Milner-A. Glazebrook (a Canadian member of the Round Table movement), 21 April 1917. Lloyd George papers: Long-Ll. G. (April 1917). M e m o r a n d u m cited by R. C. Brown, 'Sir Robert Borden, T h e Great W a r and Anglo-Canadian Relations', in J. Moir (ed), Character and Circumstance (Toronto, 1970). See V. Massey, What's Past is Prologue (London, 1963), 35 ff. Constitutional affairs, igiy 41 measure of support for imperial federation in Canada.