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Researching World Citizens

UEA students in Bishopsgate Library

Researching World Citizens

International graduate students from the London campus of INTO University of East Anglia (UEA) explored our archives across two workshops to increase their understanding of using original sources for academic research. The Mondcivitan ideal of a peace-loving ‘nation without frontiers’ resonated strongly with this group, as is demonstrated in their thoughtful responses to the materials. Items chosen by the students were displayed alongside their comments in an exhibition in the Institute between August – September 2012.

The Mondcivitan Republic: A unique adventure on behalf of humanity

Bishopsgate Library holds extensive collections documenting the history of protest and campaigning. One of the more curious collections housed here was deposited by the British Isles South East Community of the Mondcivitan Republic, a pacifist movement first conceived in 1938 as a ‘nation without frontiers’ by writer and historian Hugh Schonfield (1901–1988). By the late 1960s more than 10,000 men and women of all nationalities had declared themselves citizens of the Mondcivitan Republic. The British Isles South East Community was based in Camden in north-west London in the 1960s and ’70s, and other Mondcivitan Communities existed across the world. 

Gallery of exhibition images

With thanks to:
INTO UEA Students

Irina Bratkova
Jie ‘George’ Gao
Dao Quang Hai (‘Clark’)
Fu-Jen Hsieh
Chunyan ‘Katrina’ Wang
Yuan ‘Viki’ Yuan

Martin Halsall
Elizabeth Kingwill
Sarah McKenzie
HollyGale Millette

INTO UEA is one of a number of INTO university partnerships established to meet the needs of an increasingly mobile global student population. The partnerships offer a range of courses to graduate international students to prepare them for study in the U.K.