Britain, Commonwealth and the End of Empire

Robert Holland

in The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263198
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734755 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Britain, Commonwealth and the End of Empire

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This chapter examines the history of Great Britain, the British Commonwealth, and the end of the British Empire in the twentieth century, suggesting that the twentieth century ended in Britain as it began, with the constitutional structure of the United Kingdom a contested and vital subject of public discourse. It concludes that the transitions that characterised the Empire-Commonwealth over the twentieth century were ultimately constrained within the due process of British constitutionalism.

Keywords: history; Great Britain; British Commonwealth; British Empire; constitutional structure; public discourse; British constitutionalism

Chapter.  12871 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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