Publisher: University of Calabar

The Modern Commonwealth – A Critique

Lukpata, Victor Ikong (ph.d)
KEYWORDS: British Empire, World populations, Loose Union, sovereignties, commonwealth, British Crown.

ABSTRACT:

At its height in the early 20  century the British Empire included about one quarter of the world’s population th and land surface. Emerging gradually from its 16  century beginnings in separate commercial ventures, it rapidly expanded into a loose union of varied sovereignties during the European colonizing competition of th th the 19  century. By mid 20  century most of its territories had gained independence, and the empire had evolved into the Commonwealth of Nations, an association of equal and autonomous states loyal to the British crown and enjoying special trade interest. The focus of this article is on the critique of the modern commonwealth with a view to making relevant recommendation. Historical – descriptive approach was adopted as method of data collection.



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