The British Empire and the Commonwealth · Spain, England, portugal, France, Holland struggeled in the 16th century. England was the last that join the colonial powers but became the most important. The British Empire was the largest colonial empire in history it´s peak (at the beginning of the 20th century) comprised 1/5 og the land surface and 1/4 of the world´s population. British colonialism from the 16th to the 19th century basically pursued economic interests · Its aim was economy independence The Empire proceeded in it´s making…
The Modern Commonwealth
The author uses many stylistic devices to point out his idea oh the Modern Commonwealth and the challenges it nowadays has to face.
At first you can find a structured speech. In the first paragraph, McKinnon explains what the Commonwealth is, which nations it includes and what has changed. This helps the listener to get a good impression of what is going to follow in the speech.
Next, he talks about the Commonwealth Games Federation, the most famous organization of the Commonwealth.
After this, McKinnon mentions an important fact: the goals the Commonwealth has. He describes it with two words: democracy and development.
The next paragraph contains the influence the Commonwealth has on the world. When they propose an idea, the politicians all over the world take it to heart and try to implement these ideas.
In the last part of his speech, the author turns to his theme he names in the title of the speech and tries to explain the challenges the Modern Commonwealth has to face.
Taking a look at the choice of words, it clarifies that the author avails himself of quotes from other people (e.g. ‘It’s just the British Commonwealth’, l.6).
McKinnon employs many keywords to gain the audience’s attention, because it is easier to remind the intention of the speech when remembering some important keywords.
Examples for these words are ‘democracy’ and development’ (‘What we do can be summed up In two words’, l. 33), ‘talk’ (l.37) and ‘act’ (l.33). He repeats these words during the whole speech to underline the duties of .....[read full text]