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Anglo-American Establishment [Hardcover]

Carroll Quigley
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19 Nov 2013
Professor Carroll Quigley presents crucial "keys" without which 20th century political, economic, and military events can never be fully understood. The reader will see that this applies to events past-present-and future. "The Rhodes Scholarships, established by the terms of Cecil Rhode's seventh will, are known to everyone. What is not so widely known is that Rhodes in five previous wills left his fortune to form a secret society, which was to devote itself to the preservation and expansion of the British Empire. And what does not seem to be known to anyone is that this secret society ... continues to exist to this day. ... This group is, as I shall show, one of the most important historical facts of the twentieth century." -Quigley

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  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Dauphin Publications Inc. (19 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939438047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939438041
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Carroll Quigley (1910-1977) was a highly respected professor at the School of Foreign Service at Gerogetown University. He was an instructor at Princeton and Harvard; a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, the House Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration; and the U.S. Navy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 25 Oct 2012
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Carroll Quigley was a distinguished professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University, who also taught at Princeton and Harvard. His book The Anglo-American Establishment tells the true and fascinating story of a well-documented conspiracy by powerful financial and industrial interests to use their immense resources to literally take over the world.

The British side of the conspiracy revolved around the Milner Group consisting of upstarts like Lord Milner operating in close collaboration with members of the aristocracy, bankers and industrialists with links to South African mining and the City of London (the capital's financial centre). Their partners on the US side were the Eastern Establishment, a group of banking and industrial interests like J P Morgan & Co, with close links to New York's Wall Street and associated East Coast interests.

The above interests' agenda is exposed in great detail as the true moving force behind the conception of international organizations like the British Commonwealth, the League of Nations and a worldwide network of affiliated bodies like the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) a.k.a. Chatham House, its sister organization the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR) and many others working for the same overarching aim.

Though written in 1949, the book remains an important reference work, being cited in academic publications like I Parmar's Think Tanks and Power in Foreign Policy (2004) and should be taken as a starting point for any serious study of the topic. For a more up-to-date account I would also recommend The Milner-Fabian Conspiracy by Ioan Ratiu.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 Sep 2004
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This book is a must for anyone who is interested in the secret mechanism of power. It shows clearly the netowrk of organisation that one must go through to reach positions of power, and how these people are just pawns for a core of a few people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 13 Aug 2014
Study information, very useful
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore 30 Oct 2009
This is for hardcore conspiracists. It is an extremely detailed account of a British secret society which is/was the driving source for globalisation. Quigley is possibly the most important and certainly the most distinguished conspiracy theorist in history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How the modern propaganda machine was born 24 Jun 2002
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This is a very interesting book. It was written in 1949, and it seems that Quigley noticed a powerful group who steadily built a very large and successful propaganda machine which was very influential upon British Imperial and foreign policy between the two World Wars. The writing style can be cumbersome at times, especially when detailing personal connections between some of the actors, most of whom are unknown to modern American readers.
To start off with, he makes known that Cecil Rhodes in his first 5 wills wanted to leave his inheritance to start a secret society to preserve and expand the British Empire. Quigley maintains that this society was formed in 1891, consisting of Rhodes, William Stead(influential British columnist), Lord Esher(influential advisor to the royal family), and Alfred Milner(later Commissioner in South Africa). They were to form a sort of 'old boy' network, where they would try to recruit like-minded influential people and bring them on board.
They pioneered the use of study groups to float ideas around and criticize them to anticipate opposition. When they reached sufficient consensus(this was facilitated by participants being all liberal imperialists), they would use their collective influence to get their project implemented. They used their influence at universities as recruiting grounds for people of ability. Using money from trusts such as the Rhodes Trust, Beit Trust, Carnegie Trust, they set up and controlled chairs and lectureships at universities to study foreign relations and Imperial affairs. By using their power of patronage, they filled these posts with fellow liberal imperialists.
They also controlled the Times, the Round Table, and created the Royal Institute for International Affairs. He also claims that they controlled or influenced other publications, such as the Economist. By creating studies and publishing books on foreign affairs, controlling the journals and periodicals that review them, they were in a position to influence or mold public opinion on foreign policy matters. For example, by controlling the Times Literary Supplement, they would give favorable reviews to books supporting their viewpoint. Books not supporting their viewpoint would not get reviewed, or would get rubbished. This practice is going strong today.
He also showed how the Royal Institute of International Affairs became the defacto research branch of the Foreign Office. Thus briefing material and area research to inform Foreign Office officials would originate from this group. The Council on Foreign Relations fulfills this role for the US Government today.
What Quigley describes is the creation of a permanant mandarin class and network, established by wealthy and influential people, a turning point in Western society. The 19th century and the cheapness and availability of weapons tended for more democratic power arrangements. By the late 19th century, industrialization and the rise of big business and big banking, led to less democratic power arrangements. Quigley describes how an influential group in England altered the power arrangements of that country, to effectively control its foreign and imperial policy. Such arrangements, unfortunately, are only too clear to see in the United States as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and indispensable read 13 Oct 2004
By Jorg Gunnderson - Published on Amazon.com
Bill Clinton's Anglophile, one-world mentor, Professor Carroll Quigley of Georgetown, first attracted the interest of the John Birch Society and other conspiratorialists in the 1960s with his Tragedy and Hope, in which he revealed that an unelected, unaccountable elite had played a major, though hidden, role in directing the British empire in the first decades of the twentieth century. The Anglo-American Establishment is a detailed account of the growth and operations of that group, from its origins in Cecil Rhodes' secret society and its flowering under Sir Alfred Milner to its role in fostering the Commonwealth of Nations. Indispensable for anyone who seeks a case study to verify Disraeli's assertion that "the world is governed by far other than those whom the public believe to be its rulers."
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. 12 May 1999
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The Anglo-American Establishment by Carroll Quigley
A must read for those who want to see America remain a sovereign nation.
Quigley gives a meticulous account of the history of the Rhodes scholarships, and those that implemented the desires set forth in the wills of Cecil Rhodes, the British diamond king and colonial statesman.
Since 1904, this scholarship has been used to train "men of ability and enthusiasm who find no suitable way to serve their country under the current political system" at Oxford Universary in England. The goal is uniting the world. These Rhodes scholars are now serving in key positions all over the world.
Much of the book is devoted to Sir Alfred Milner and the "Milner Group." Upon Rhodes' death, Milner obtained control of Rhodes' money and was able to use it to lubricate the working of propaganda throughout the world.
Quigley says of the Milner group: "No country that values its safety should allow what the Milner group accomplished - that is, that a small number of men would be able to wield such power in administration and politics, should be given almost complete control over the publication of documents relating to their actions, should be able to exercise such influence over the avenues of information that create public opinion, and should be able to monopolize so completely the writing and the teaching of the history of their own period."
Interestingly, a footnote in the concluding chapter states that the last important public act of the Milner group was the drawing of a Yugoslav boundary in 1946. After this the group, states Quigley, "ground its way to a finish of bitterness and ashes."
Could the present crisis in Yugoslavia and the use of "allied force" be a Phoenix rising from the ashes? Read the book and decide for yourself.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good historical document ! 7 May 2005
By Rev4u - Published on Amazon.com
"The Anglo-American establishment" is a continuation of Quigley's major work "Tragedy and Hope." In this book Quigley lists many names of the Anglo-Saxon (means English descendant) round table and discusses the connection with their cohorts in the American establishment. Of course, Quigley had always potrayed the elitist organizations and plots as benign, and admitted on different occasions that they already have taken over the world financially, politically, and militarily if needed. He also conceded that it was too late for anyone to stop the Anglo-American establishment from ruling the world, and it is better to accept it as the new reality of the new world order.
Quigley proclaimed himself on many occasions as the historian of these elites, as they allowed him into their secret doors in order to have him research their steps and advocate for their causes, and rewrite the world history in their favor.
Tragedy and Hope is a much better book that than this one, but "The Anglo-American Establishment" might make anyway an interesting reading for the curious mind....
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anglo Establishment 17 Jun 2008
By P.K. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, the title of this book is a bit misleading, and thus, the book is not exactly what I expected. Judging by the title, I was expecting to read about the Americans of English heritage that hold most of the political and economic power in the US. It turns out that this is a history of a British secret society and their utopian plans for "spreading the British way of life." The only way it even relates to America is that the members were intent on gaining the US as a main ally in their endeavor, which at the time of the books publication in 1949, they were apparently yet to do. Despite the confusion, I found the book to be fascinating, although very tedious at times.

In the late 19th century, Cecil Rhodes, Alfred Milner and several of their cohorts started a secret society which sought to preserve and spread their beloved British culture around the world. According to Quigley, who admits his sympathy for their cause if not their methods, the group set out with nothing but the best intentions and sincerely believed that the world would be the better for it. Their first goal was to organize Britain's colonies into a group of federated states with equal status, or a Commonwealth of Nations as they called it. After that, they sought to gradually include more and more nations until the world was eventually united into one loosely knit federation. These men were utopians, says Quigley, and the book challenges the notion that British imperialism was simply about economic exploitation, but instead an attempt to bring what they saw as the pinnacle of human culture to the uncivilized masses. The following is a quote from an unnamed member of the group which seems to sum up their beliefs:

"The development of the British Empire teaches how moral convictions and devotion to duty have inspired the building of the structure. Opponents of Imperialism are wont to suggest that the story will not bear inspection, that it is largely a record of self-aggrandizment and greed. Such a charge betrays ignorance of its history....The end of the State is to make men, and its strength is measured not in terms of defensive armaments or economic prosperity but by the moral personality of its individual members that they shall not merely live but live well. Social reformers are prone to insist too strongly on an ideal of material comfort for the people...A life of satisfaction depends not on higher wages or lower prices or on leisure for recreation, but on work that calls into play the higher capacities of man's nature....The cry of the masses should not be for wages or comforts or even liberty, but for opportunities for enterprise and responsibility. A policy for closer union in the Empire is full of significance in relation to this demand. There is but one way of promise. It is that the peoples of the Empire shall realize their national unity and draw from that ideal an inspiration to common endeavour in the fulfillment of the moral obligations which their membership of the Empire entails. The recognition of common Imperial interests is bound to broaden both their basis of public action and their whole view of life. Public life is ennobled by great causes and by these alone...."

Besides Rhodes and Milner, some of the named members are; Lionel Curtis, Lord Halifax, Arthur Balfour, Nathan Rothschild, Waldorf and Nancy Astor, Arnold Toynbee and a host of others. Rather than just a single group though, there seems to have been a complicated network that included an inner core, an outer core and a sort of blurry peripheral with a number of indviduals who were not actually members but either sympathized with the group, or unwittingly furthered their goals. The group was heavily involved in the League of Nations and seems to have had a major influence on British foreign policy, especially in the years between and during WWI and WWII.

In the conclusion, WW2 had only recently ended and the group's future is uncertain. Quigley states that the group was already falling apart at this time so one wonders if it still exists today. I should note that the Council on Foreign Relations, which is still very active today, is listed as an offshoot of the British group Royal Institute of International Affairs, the latter being one of the main arms of the group. This book could be considered conspiracy theory territory but I didn't think any of it was particularly far-fetched, and it would seem that much of the information within is widely known to be true. All in all, a tedious but very interesting read.
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