The Commonwealth

  • Barry Turner
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 2003. With a membership of 1·7bn. people, it represents over 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.


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Further Reading

  1. The Cambridge History of the British Empire. 8 vols. CUP, 1929 ff.Google Scholar
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  8. Larby, P. and Hannam, H., The Commonwealth [Bibliography]. Oxford and New Brunswick (NJ), 1993Google Scholar
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  10. Mansergh, N., The Commonwealth Experience. Macmillan, London, 1982CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Mclntyre, W. D., The Significance of the Commonwealth, 1965–90. Macmillan, London, 1991CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Moore, R. J., Making the New Commonwealth. Oxford, 1987Google Scholar

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  • Barry Turner

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