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From Empire to International CommonwealthA Biography of Lionel Curtis$
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Deborah Lavin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198126164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198126164.001.0001

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Organic Unions: Round Table and Commonwealth

Organic Unions: Round Table and Commonwealth

(p.105) 6 Organic Unions: Round Table and Commonwealth
From Empire to International Commonwealth

Deborah Lavin

Oxford University Press

Curtis played a major part in creating and sustaining the Round Table, one of the most influential of the many Edwardian study and pressure groups devoted to the future of the Empire. It was based on the nucleus of the Kindergarten. Curtis drew attention to the Round Table's version of the Imperial Problem. Their solution was a ‘Commonwealth’ — an organic union of Britain with the Dominions which would underwrite and sustain the defence and tutelary functions of the old Empire while standing forth on the world stage as a new force for peace. The principle of equality between Britain and the Dominions was an article of Round Table faith which Curtis's Dominion journeys had been designed to demonstrate in practice. After his return from his first journeys, Curtis revised and amplified his Round Table Studies, drummed up support for the movement in Britain, and fostered his Dominion contacts.

Keywords:   Round Table, Kindergarten, Commonwealth, Britain, Dominions

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