The Rise, Decline and Future of the British Commonwealth by Krishnan Srinivasan (auth.)

By Krishnan Srinivasan (auth.)

Written by means of a senior Indian diplomat who has until eventually lately additionally served as Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, this ebook presents a special and far-reaching exploration of the British Commonwealth, and its impression because the moment international struggle at the means of Britain adjusting to a global with no Empire. Whither the Commonwealth now? what's its list of accomplishment; what are the advantages of club to international locations by way of collective political impression, exchange, funding, relief, go back and forth and schooling? Can any useful strong be envisaged for this approximately moribund post-colonial association? Britain, which introduced the organization into being and is significant to it, must play a key half in identifying its destiny. yet in coming to such judgements, the British govt faces nice difficulties of conception, either from the Monarchy and the British public.

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India's take-over of Goa, criticized in the west, was acclaimed by the Afro-Asians. Despite the prevailing discord and disillusion, it was still felt by the politically aware section of the British public that the Commonwealth should yet stand for something, such as the values of freedom, democracy, and racial equality. But any sense of the imperial mission had waned and the Commonwealth lost its attraction for most British people. 64 'The old Commonwealth did see things through British eyes, because ...

But when the US government recognized the value of the United Kingdom as an anti-communist ally, it did not impose any significant pressure on Britain. The Empire was seen as playing its supportive part in the containment of communism, and Britain developed its own special relationship with the United States which admitted of differences- Britain recognized the People's Republic of China in 1950, and London was unmoved by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' arguments that the defence of Malaya against communism necessitated British intervention in Vietnam.

After the watershed 1949 Commonwealth Prime Ministers Meeting, there followed in the 1950s, 'despite differences in the attitudes of newer and older members to world politics, some brief and retrospectively golden years of hope in a multiracial Commonwealth and its potential contribution to human understanding'. 44 Macmillan was able to assure his Cabinet colleagues that 'The Empire is not breaking up, it is growing up', 45 and The Round Table pronounced solemnly that like the Roman Empire which neither declined nor fell, 'the British Empire has likewise not ended, but its children have grown into adult nations, preserving family ties without family discipline'.

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