Event / The British Library

Philip Murphy: The State of the Commonwealth

19 Apr 2018 – 19.00 - 20.30

A relic of Empire or essential to our global futures together?

A panel considers the current role and value of the Commonwealth.

In the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the Commonwealth has been identified as an important element of the mooted realignment in British trade and diplomacy. To coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London, this event considers the relevance of the modern Commonwealth, both to the UK and to the other 51 member states. How is it organised and what has held it together for so long? How successful has it been in escaping from the shadow of the British Empire to become an organisation based on shared values, rather than a shared history? How important is the Queen’s role as Head of the Commonwealth? Most importantly, why has it had such a troubled recent past, and is it realistic to imagine that its fortunes might be reversed?

General Release tickets go on sale 8th March.

About the Author

Philip Murphy is Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Professor of British and Commonwealth History at the University of London. He has published extensively on the history of British decolonisation and, recently, on the Commonwealth-wide role of the British monarchy. Since 2007, he has been co-editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.

The Empire’s New Clothes
The Myth of the Commonwealth
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