George Nathaniel Curzon

George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

Born 1859, died 1925.

British spy, provocateur, politician and imperialist.

Curzon, George N., Persia and the Persian Question, vol. 2, (London: 1892).

Curzon opposed Women’s suffrage and later was beaten for Prime Minister by Stanley Baldridge on the basis of the women’s vote. Baldridge went on to be one of the chief appeasers who allowed Adolph Hitler to rise to power.

Curzon served as President of the Privy Council, under Prime Minister Baldwin

George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquis Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925) was educated at Eton and Oxford and travelled widely as a young man, visiting Persia, Turkistan, Afghanistan, India, Ceylon, China, Korea and Japan. His travels resulted in a series of incisive books including Russia in Central Asia (1889), Persia and the Persian Question (1892) and Problems of the Far East (1894). These writings earned Curzon a reputation as a shrewd observer and analyst of Foreign Policy, which was underlined by his swift rise in politics from MP for Southport (1886), to Under-Secretary of State at the India Office (1891-2), and Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office (1895-8). In 1898 Curzon was appointed Viceroy of India and to some extent he regarded the appointment as a meeting with destiny and an opportunity to assist the providential role of Empire. He saw “the hand of Divine Providence behind the creation and expansion of an empire which was a supreme force for good in the world.” Curzon, India and Empire

Curzon, George. Curzon’s Persia. London, England: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1986.

Peter King edited this down from “Persia and the Persian Question”. Curzon was a British spy back in the days when England was bent on world domination. This is basically the tourist part drawn from a book that was drawn from Curzon’s intelligence reports. While the actions of Curzon in the service of an evil empire is despicable there is much to be learned about Qajar Persia. Persian History Lib
Curzon, George. Persia and the Persian Question, vol. 2, (London: 1892).
This is basically a combination of travel guide and intelligence report. George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston was one of the strongest advocates of British Imperialism and the retention and expansion of the Empire. It was the actions of Men such as Curzon that the Nazi Germans used to justify their actions against Christians and Jews that have been dubbed the Holocaust. Despite the repugnance I have for British propaganda this book is useful in that Curzon makes solid well documented observations that are useful in the study of Persia.