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Taking the ‘Great’ Out of Great Britain?

In the 19th century Britons liked to boast that they oversaw an “empire on which the sun never sets.” But by the mid-twentieth century it did. Exhausted by war and facing rebellion and clamor for independence among its overseas possessions, Britain had to let go its colonies.  On June 23 the British referendum on European Union membership may well set in train the circumstances for what is left of the British empire, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to...

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