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The term "Anglosphere" describes a certain group of English-speaking countries.

The Anglosphere is usually thought of being composed of the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. Other nations, particularly India, are often considered prospective members.

Credit for coining the term usually goes to science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, who used it in his 1995 novel The Diamond Age. The term was popularized with its current meaning by journalists such as James C. Bennett during the opening years of the 21st century.

Table of contents
1 Bonding qualities
2 Co-operation
3 See also
4 External Links

Bonding qualities

Other than a common language, these nations also share many other common features, most of which come from their shared history of being former colonies of the United Kingdom. The shared features include:

The Anglosphere nations also share many other similarities, including high economic prosperity, firmly established civil rights and personal freedoms, and high levels of global cultural influence.

These reasons and others make the Anglosphere different from other English-speaking international groups, notably the Commonwealth of Nations.


Anglosphere nations have a history of co-operation and close political ties. A network of varying military alliances as well as intelligence arrangements exists between all five nations, and some are in free trade areas with each other.

Because of their similar cultures, the nations share a lot of cultural materials between themselves. Certain actors, directors, movies, books, and TV shows enjoy high levels of popularity across the Anglosphere nations, regardless of their country of origin.

The countries of the Anglosphere were military allies in the majority of major world conflicts in the 20th century. The United States, the UK, and Australia continued in this vein in their cooperation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a venture in which other close military allies of the United States did not participate in.

See also

Special relationship, ANZUS

External Links

An Anglosphere Primer