THE COMMONWEALTH of Nations, of which Great Britain is the senior member, affords many facets for fruitful study. It is an association of independent states held together by similar interests and common traditions. The leading statesmen of the several states meet together occasionally for consultation without the impetus of solemn engagements and with little likelihood that agreements or enactments will result having any enforcing sanction. Thus the Commonwealth is a unique experiment in international co-operation, which ought to interest all who are concerned with one of the major political tasks of this age.
Each of the members of the Commonwealth has inherited in some degree a share in the institutions and traditions that took their rise and were largely shaped in Great Britain. Each has its own peculiar environment and separate history, which have contributed to make it a unique community having
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Publication information: Book title: The British Commonwealth:An Experiment in Co-Operation among Nations. Contributors: Frank H. Underhill - Author. Publisher: Duke University Press. Place of publication: Durham, NC. Publication year: 1956. Page number: xi.
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