The NZ-UK Link Foundation

The NZ-UK Link Foundation
University of London
28 Russell Square
Greater London



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The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote inter-disciplinary and inter-regional research on the Commonwealth and its member nations in the fields of history, politics, economics and other social sciences, and in subjects like development, environment, health, migration, class, race, and literature. The ICS also offers a MA in Human Rights and an MSc in Globalization and development.

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Terms, Academic year 2004-2005
Autumn: Monday 27th September - Friday 10th December
Spring: Monday 10th January - Friday 18th March
Summer: Monday 18th April - Friday 17th June

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The Library is an international resource holding more than 160,000 items, with particularly impressive Caribbean, Southern African and Australian holdings and 200 archival collections. More than 150 seminars and conferences take place at ICS each year - most are open to all. Regular programmes include Caribbean Societies in Regional Context, Commonwealth History, Australian Stuides, Canadian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Human Rights.

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‘Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British imperial experience of the First World War’

  • 16 October 2014 6-7:30pm

When George V addressed the British empire shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, he spoke to his 'subjects'. Today the countries of the former empire have come to see themselves as having been forced into a war in whose onset they had little or no say. That is largely true, and the fact that the king did not address his people as citizens reinforces the point. However, the 'white' Dominions had more choice than this narrative suggests. Their contributions to the imperial war effort were freely made and democratically decided. And those without their privileges saw the war as an opportunity to earn them by rallying to the defence of the empire.
At the heart of the British rhetoric in 1914 was a paradox. Britain presented itself as a liberal democracy fighting for the rights of small nations.
Yet, at home its own franchise was the more limited than that of any state in Europe other than Hungary's, while overseas it controlled an empire whichcircumscribed the rights of many small nations. The lecture will show during the war Britain successfully advanced both as a democracy and an empire.
The peace settlement of 1919 simultaneously produced self-determination within Europe and widened the empire outside it.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Senate House, University of London
Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street

Getting there

Closest Tub Station Russell Square. Parrallel with Gower Street and Russell Square.

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Getting there

Nearest Tube: Russell Square