The Existing Dependencies

  • L. S. Trachtenberg


Eighty-five years later, things have come to be viewed differently from Chamberlain’s day and now we speak no longer of colonies but instead of dependent territories and associated states. But whatever the name, these actors are still a corporate part of the true spirit of kinship to which Chamberlain referred, a spirit which is today embodied in the Commonwealth. Along with the name by which we refer to these territorial actors, much has changed and evolved since 1897, but this basic spirit of fraternity which created the Commonwealth is as alive today as ever. These territories are no longer referred to as ‘ours’ and if anything the Commonwealth spirit has done a great deal to perpetuate itself through the rapid dismantling of Britain’s colonial possessions and the creation of the contemporary Commonwealth. But is the burgeoning membership of the Commonwealth in the best interests of the remaining dependencies?1


British Government Falkland Island Cook Island United Nations General Small Territory 
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Notes and References

  1. 2.
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    See W. Gilmore, ‘Requiem for Associated Statehood?’ in Review of International Studies, 8: 1 (January 1982), pp. 9–25.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    B. Coard, ‘The meaning of political independence in the Commonwealth Caribbean’ in Independence for Grenada — Myth or Reality? (St Augustine, Trinidad: Institute of International Relations, 1974) p. 70.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., For further details of this separation see W. J. Bush, Anguilla and the Mini-State Dilemma, Policy Paper No. 5 (New York: Center for International Studies, 1971).Google Scholar
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© A. J. R. Groom and Paul Taylor 1984

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