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A Short History of the British Commonwealth
By Ramsay Muir in two volumes


As of course Scotland is part of the British Commonwealth I thought it would be informative to include this publication on the site. I have always said that the Scots played a large part in the building of the Commonwealth and I think this publication will reveal this as you read through it.

The first volume take you through the island and the first Empire to 1763. The book of which this volume is the first half is an attempt to tell, within moderate compass, the story of the British Commonwealth, regarded as a single whole; but also as a part of the greater commonwealth of Western Civilisation. As I have conceived it, it is the story of a number of peoples gradually learning to live together in a free partnership inspired by their common enjoyment of the institutions of political liberty. The second volumes takes you through the modern Commonwealth from 1763 to 1919 and covers the revolt of the American colonies, and the misunderstandings which it created; the organisation, of the British power in India; the adoption of new principles in colonial policy; the origins, development and consequences of the Industrial Revolution; the creation of the machinery of democratic government; the rise of the labour movement; the rapid growth of Irish nationalism — these are themes (and the list is anything but exhaustive) in studying which the reader is bound to feel that he is probing to the roots of the political problems of to-day.

Volume 1  |  Volume 2


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