Lionel Curtis: imperial citizenship as a prelude to world government

Daniel Gorman

in Imperial Citizenship

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075292
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700730 | DOI:
Lionel Curtis: imperial citizenship as a prelude to world government

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This chapter analyses the ideas of Lionel Curtis, co-founder of the imperial pressure group the Round Table, concerning imperial citizenship. Curtis' ideas concerning imperial citizenship point to one of the central strands of the imperial thought web—the idea of union consecrated in an imperial citizenship. He believed that imperial federation held the key to world peace and provided the buttress of civilization. Though Curtis struggled to reconcile the existence of multiple loyalties within the Empire with the formation of a unified imperial state, his ideas were influential in framing the political evolution of Empire in the mid-twentieth century. Perhaps of greatest significance was his concept of dyarchy, which epitomized the British style of informal Empire.

Keywords: Lionel Curtis; imperial citizenship; Round Table; imperial federation; multiple loyalties; imperial state; dyarchy

Chapter.  18068 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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