Visiting the libraries of the British Commonwealth offices in London, as I have been doing—going from Australia to Canada, then to South Africa and India—is an impressive reminder of the magnitude of what used to be known as the British Empire, and of the power which it still exerts over the mind and spirit of mankind. Four continents are represented, and the libraries show how each has been impregnated with the ideals emanating from this small island in the fifth. Asia, Africa, Australia, America—the progress of civilisation in all has been directed or guided in large measure by British influence. The British Empire as a political fact has ceased to be, but Britain still reigns over an ideological empire, worldwide and imperishable.
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