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What is the future of the Empire for which this Club was named or, more precisely of the Commonwealth which is its modern embodiment. Looking back over history and Canadian history and asking ourselves some questions. The nature of the British Empire and how it has changed over the past two centuries, even more than Canada has changed. Four significant stages by which the British Empire has evolved into a Commonwealth which, in the speaker's opinion, is unique in human history. A detailed look at these four stages, beginning with the concept of Empire 200 years ago, which was property. Factors which affected the changes, and delineated the stages. The future of the Commonwealth. Canada's position and responsibilities within the Commonwealth. Difficulties faced by the United Nations. Making the Commonwealth work.