The British Commonwealth: An Experiment in Co-Operation among Nations

The British Commonwealth: An Experiment in Co-Operation among Nations

The British Commonwealth: An Experiment in Co-Operation among Nations

The British Commonwealth: An Experiment in Co-Operation among Nations

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I thank Duke University and the commitee in charge of its Commonwealth-Studies Center for inviting me to deliver these lectures on the British Commonwealth of Nations. It is a matter of considerable pride to me that, in launching its program of Commonwealth studies, the Center should have invited a Canadian to give these initial general talks. Canadians are accustomed to think that their country has played a major part in the long, peaceful evolution through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries which has turned the British Empire into the British Commonwealth. Sometimes, in our more boastful moments, we assert that she has played the major part. The historic Canadian achievement has been the preservation of the northern half of North America from absorption into the United States. Apart from this achievement, or as a part of it, we are accustomed to think that the Canadian contribution to the . . .

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