Anglosphere

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The Anglosphere: Countries where English is an official language and the first language of the majority of the population are in dark blue (except Quebec in Canada). Other countries where English is an official language but is not the first language of the majority of the population are in light blue.

Anglosphere is a term used to mean a group of English-speaking nations with a similar cultural heritage. The two most important countries in the Anglosphere are the United Kingdom and the United States. Others include the main members of the Commonwealth of Nations such as Ireland, Canada (except the majority French-speaking province of Quebec), Australia and New Zealand.

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The word means more than just those countries where English is a first or second language. To be considered part of the Anglosphere requires sharing basic customs and values."Nations comprising the Anglosphere share a common historical narrative in which the Magna Carta, the English and American Bills of Rights, and such Common law principles as trial by jury, presumption of innocence".[1] Since the Great Rapprochement of the early 20th century, the United States and Great Britain were far more friendly than before. Their military alliance during World War II has lasted ever since.

By the time of the 2003 Iraq war the political use of the word meant the cultural tendency towards military intervention, particularly by the US, the UK and Australia.[2] Strategically, the word has come to mean that the US is usually backed by Britain and Australia, but not so much by Canada. In this sense, Canada is and sometimes is not considered a part of the Anglosphere. This has been since the Pierre Trudeau era.[1] America is generally considered by many to be the dominant country in the Anglosphere.

Some go so far as to call it an Anglospherist school of thought. This holds that English speaking countries are becoming a separate civilization in their own right.[3] Anglosphere theorists point out that there is no intent to build an Anglosphere superstate like the European Union.[3] The term was coined (used for the first time) by science fiction writer Neal Stephenson.[2] He used it in his novel The Diamond Age.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Glenn Reynolds (28 October 2004). "Explaining the 'Anglosphere'". The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/oct/28/uselections2004.usa4. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 David G. Haglund; Joseph T. Jockel, 'Anglosphere Introduction', International Journal, Vol. 60, No. 1 (Winter, 2004/2005), p. 91
  3. 3.0 3.1 James C. Bennett (2001). "An Anglosphere Primer". Foreign Policy Research Institute. http://explorersfoundation.org/archive/anglosphere_primer.pdf. Retrieved 16 December 2014., pp. 2–3

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