• Barry Turner
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The Commonwealth is a free association of sovereign independent states. It numbered 54 members in Feb. 2012. With a membership of over 2bn. people, it represents around 30% of the world’s population. There is no charter, treaty or constitution; the association is expressed in co-operation, consultation and mutual assistance for which the Commonwealth Secretariat is the central co-ordinating body.

Further Reading

  1. The Cambridge History of the British Empire. 8 vols. 1929 ff.Google Scholar
  2. Chan, S., Twelve Years of Commonwealth Diplomatic History: Summit Meetings, 1979–1991. 1992Google Scholar
  3. Judd, D. and Slinn, P., The Evolution of the Modern Commonwealth. 1982Google Scholar
  4. Keeton, G. W. (ed.) The British Commonwealth: Its Laws and Constitutions. 9 vols. 1951 ff.Google Scholar
  5. Madden, F. and Fieldhouse, D., (eds.) Selected Documents on the Constitutional History of the British Empire and Commonwealth. 1994Google Scholar
  6. Mansergh, N., The Commonwealth Experience. 1982CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Mayall, James, (ed.) The Contemporary Commonwealth. 2009Google Scholar
  8. McIntyre, W. D., The Significance of the Commonwealth, 1965–90. 1991CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Moore, R. J., Making the New Commonwealth. 1987Google Scholar

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