Cecil Rhodes: Flawed Colossus
Cecil Rhodes 'lived only for his schemes and enjoyed life only as a cannon ball enjoys space, travelling to its aim blindly and spreading ruin on its way. He was a great man, no doubt — a man who rendered immense service to his country, but humanity is not much indebted to him.'
The time is ripe for a new biography of Cecil Rhodes: the hero of imperialism needs to be seen with the perspective to examine the tremendous changes which have taken place since the British Empire was at its height.
This major re-
We see him first as a far from amiable child, the son of a country vicar. As a youth
he went to South Africa, where he made a fortune diamond mining. This fortune provided
the means to pursue his political ambitions -