The Commonwealth of Nations: Origins and Impact, 1869-1971

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U of Minnesota Press, 1977 - 596 pages
The author, a professor of history at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, presents a comprehensive survey of Commonwealth history from the time of soul-searching about the future of the British Empire, which marked the middle years of Queen Victoria’s reign, to the year when Britain decided to enter the European Community. The account is divided in three periods - 1869 to 1917, 1917 to 1941, and 1942 to 1971. Within each period a four-fold thematic divisions is followed: Dominions, Indian Empire, crown colonies, and protectorates.

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The Concept of the Commonwealth
Part I The Pax Britannica 18691917
Part II The Commonwealth of Nations 19181941
Part III In the Age of the Pax Americana 19421971

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Tremaine McDowell was professor of English at the University of Minnesota, chairman of the University’s Program in American Studies, and a member of the Committee on American Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies.

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