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Superior Person: A Portrait of Curzon and…

Superior Person: A Portrait of Curzon and His Circle in Late Victorian…

by Kenneth Rose

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1429 Superior Person: A Portrait of Curzon and his Circle in late Victorian England, by Kenneth Rose (read 26 Dec 1976) This is a superlative book: one I had no idea I would enjoy so greatly. It is an account of George N. Curzon, who was born 11 Jan 1859 and died in 1925. But this book covers the years up to 1898, when he was appointed Viceroy to India, and only one chapter is devoted to the gloomy years after 1898. But the book does not suffer at all from this arrangement, since after 1898 Curzon's career was downhill. The book's account of the school years and early career of Curzon is sheer enthrallment: he was an extraordinary person and though a physical wreck an intrepid traveler. The book is almost as good John Clive's Macaulay: The Shaping of the Historian, which was my Book of the Year in 1975. ( )
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In 1898, before he was 40, George Nathaniel Curzon, first and last Marquess of Curzon of Kedleston, was appointed Viceroy of India. It was a role for which he had consciously trained himself since his schooldays. Englishmen still believed robustly in the civilizing mission of the British Empire, and a small, self-sufficient ruling class of aristocratic and land-owning families took their right to rule for granted. It was, to use Kenneth Rose's striking phrase, an age of gunroom diplomacy, in which the shared intimacies of Eton and Balliol, of country houses and London clubs, dominated politics and influenced policy both at home and abroad. An enthralling portrait of a remarkable man and a remarkable time.

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