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Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth

Philip Murphy

Abstract

This unique and meticulously researched study examines the triangular relationship between the British government, the Palace, and the modern Commonwealth since 1945. Through two principal areas of focus—the monarch’s role as sovereign of a series of Commonwealth realms, and her position as Head of the Commonwealth—it traces how, in the early twentieth century, the British government promoted the Crown as a counterbalance to the centrifugal forces that were drawing the empire apart. Ultimately, however, with newly independent India’s determination to become a republic in the late 1940s, it had ... More

Keywords: monarchy, empire, Commonwealth, decolonization, realms, Dominions, foreign policy, Queen Elizabeth II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214235.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Murphy, author
Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London