Republic of Nauru
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The island was discovered by Capt. Fearn in 1798, annexed by Germany in Oct. 1888 and surrendered to Australian forces in 1914. It was administered by the UK under a League of Nations mandate from 1920 until 1947 when the UN approved a trusteeship agreement with Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Independence was gained on 31 Jan. 1968.


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Further Reading

  1. Weeremantry, C., Nauru: Environmental Damage under International Trusteeship. OUP, 1992Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002

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