Curzon in India

Curzon in India

Curzon in India

Curzon in India

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These two volumes do not pretend to provide a comprehensive record of Lord Curzon's time in India. The mass of relevant material is now so huge that four or five books would be needed. Moreover, a number of monographs and studies which have appeared during the last few years, or which will shortly be published, cover particular aspects of the Viceroyalty. Mr Kenneth Rose study of The Young Curzon is due from the press soon and Sir Philip Magnus is engaged on a biography. Dr John Lydgate's thesis on the question of Indian military administration will, I hope, be available in book form. I have felt free, therefore, to follow a rather episodic and selective treatment, concentrating on those issues which have interested me most; Curzon's methods of administration, his relations with the India Office, the Cabinet and the Monarch, the affairs of Persia, Afghanistan and Tibet, the rending quarrel with Kitchener.

The process of gathering material has extended over a period of some seven years. In that time I have contracted many debts; to Miss Agatha Ramm of Somerville College, who first awakened my interest in Curzon's Indian career, to Dr C. C. Davies, under whose genial and expert guidance the detailed studies began, to the Warden and Fellows of St Antony's College for providing agreeable and scholarly surroundings. For much forbearance and help I am grateful to the Librarians and staffs of the Royal Archives, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the India Office Library, the London Library, the British Museum, the Public Record Office, the London School of Economics, the National Library of Scotland, the University Libraries at Cambridge and Birmingham, the Library of Christ Church, Oxford.

Lady Alexandra Metcalfe, the late Sir Harold Nicolson, Sir Stanley Reed, the late Lord Halifax, Sir Philip Magnus, Lord Hailey and Mr Kenneth Rose have helped me with recollections and information about Lord Curzon. Lord Scarsdale, Mr and Mrs Julian Amery, Lord Lansdowne, Lord Salisbury, Mr and Mrs Murray Lawrence and Lord Rennell have . . .

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