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From Empire to International Commonwealth: A Biography of Lionel Curtis

Deborah Lavin


Lionel Curtis C. H. once counted among the great and the good, working behind the scenes of international politics and honoured as the ‘pioneer of a great idea’ — international federation as the natural successor to empire. He advocated federation as the way to create a new South Africa after the Boer War; he called for self-government in India in 1912; in 1921 he was instrumental in attempting to pacify the Irish Troubles by treating Eire as if it were a self-governing Commonwealth Dominion. He went on to preach the conversion of the Empire-Commonwealth into a multinational federation, which, ... More

Keywords: Lionel Curtis C. H., international politics, federation, South Africa, Boer War, India, Irish Troubles, Round Table, Oxford Society, League of Nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198126164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198126164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Lavin, author
Durham University