• Nick Heath-Brown
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Commonwealth is a free association of sovereign independent states. It numbered 53 members in Feb. 2015. 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.


Free Association Full Member Mutual Assistance Commonwealth Parliamentary South Sandwich Island 
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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. Madden, F. and Fieldhouse, D. (eds.) Selected Documents on the Constitutional History of the British Empire and Commonwealth. 1994Google Scholar
  5. McIntyre, W. D., The Significance of the Commonwealth, 1965–90. 1991Google Scholar
  6. Mayall, James, (ed.) The Contemporary Commonwealth. 2009Google Scholar
  7. Moore, R. J., Making the New Commonwealth. 1987Google Scholar

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