Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Pg. 99: Philip Murphy's "The Empire’s New Clothes"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: The Empire's New Clothes: The Myth of the Commonwealth by Philip Murphy.

About the book, from the publisher:
In the wake of Brexit, the Commonwealth has been identified as an important body for future British trade and diplomacy, but few know what it actually does. How is it organized and what has held it together for so long? 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. In The Empire's New Clothes, Murphy strips away the gilded self-image of the Commonwealth to reveal an irrelevant institution afflicted by imperial amnesia. He offers a personal perspective on this complex and poorly understood institution, and asks if it can ever escape from the shadow of the British Empire to become an organization based on shared values, rather than a shared history.
Learn more about The Empire's New Clothes at the Oxford University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: The Empire's New Clothes.

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