By A. Kirk-Greene
Britain's recognized abroad civil providers - the Colonial Administrative provider, the Indian Civil carrier and the Sudan Political provider - now not exist as a big and sought-after occupation for Britain's graduates. during this distinctive learn the historical past of every provider is gifted in the framework of the necessity to administer an increasing empire. shut recognition is paid to the tools of recruitment and coaching and to the socio-educational history of the abroad directors in addition to to the character in their paintings. the celebrated incumbents of presidency condominium are revealingly tested. The effect of decolonisation on abroad officers and the types of 'second careers' which they took up are documented. This authoritative narrative background is enlivened via recourse to carrier lore and anecdotes.
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As for India, when Queen Victoria celebrated her diamond jubilee with lavish imperial pomp and circumstance in 1897, Britain was already approaching its 150th year of authority there. The ending of the First World War brought a further - and general - accretion to Britain's imperial possessions. Iraq, Palestine and Transjordan were added to her Middle East responsibilities under the League of Nations system of mandates; the whole of German East Africa, other than the north-west corner which was assigned to Belgium, went to Britain, along with portions of Togoland and the Kamerun in German West Africa.
In the event, the same Minister held both posts until 1930, when J. H. Thomas became the first separate Secretary of State for the Dominions. In 1935, and again in 1938, the dual office was again briefly held by one person, Malcolm Macdonald. Under the 1935 organization, responsibility for the whole business of the Imperial Conference was transferred to the new Dominions Office. This had been set up at the fifth Colonial Conference, held in 1907 (the inaugural one took place in 1887), when the Colonial Office was reconstituted into three Divisions: Dominions, Crown Colonies, and General.
That position of personal experience was reinforced A n Empire to be Administered: the Metropolitall Organization 33 by the unusual provision that members of the Council could not be removed by either the Secretary of State or the Prime Minister. E ll revallche, the forme r was entitled to overrule the Council if he saw fi t - as he did spectacularly, in the drafting of the Cantonment Bill in 1890. But he could never escape the knowledge tbat tbe original intention of the 1858 legislation bad been to set up a system of checks and bal ances ove r the Secre tary of State himself, shared between the Crown, Parliame nt and India.