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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Commonwealth History in the Twenty-First Century

Editors: Dubow, Saul, Drayton, Richard (Eds.)

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  • Explores the enduring historical ties of the Commonwealth as an institution
  • Brings together leading scholars in imperial, post-colonial and commonwealth history to reflect on the Commonwealth’s significance
  • Examines the Commonwealth’s ongoing influence on law, constitutionalism and federation, as well as its importance in particular countries and regions
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This edited collection draws together new historical writing on the Commonwealth. It features the work of younger scholars, as well as established academics, and highlights themes such as law and sovereignty, republicanism and the monarchy, French engagement with the Commonwealth, the anti-apartheid struggle, race and immigration, memory and commemoration, and banking. The volume focusses less on the Commonwealth as an institution than on the relevance and meaning of the Commonwealth to its member countries and peoples. By adopting oblique, de-centred, approaches to Commonwealth history, unusual or overlooked connections are brought to the fore while old problems are looked at from fresh vantage points – be this turning points like the relationship between ‘old’ and `new’ Commonwealth members from 1949, or the distinctive roles of major figures like Jawaharlal Nehru or Jan Smuts. The volume thereby aims to refresh interest in Commonwealth history as a field of comparative international history.

About the authors

Saul Dubow is Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge, UK, and an expert on South Africa.   

Richard Drayton is Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King's College London, UK, with a special interest in the Caribbean. 

Both teach and write about global and imperial history.  

 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Commonwealth in the Twenty-First Century

    Pages 1-19

    Dubow, Saul (et al.)

  • The League of Nations and the ‘Third British Empire’, 1919–1940

    Pages 21-39

    Thackeray, David

  • Commonwealth History from Below? Caribbean National, Federal and Pan-African Renegotiations of the Empire Project, c. 1880–1950

    Pages 41-60

    Drayton, Richard

  • Commonwealth Constitution-Maker: The Life of Yash Ghai

    Pages 61-80

    Kirkby, Coel

  • ‘The Unbridgeable Gulf’: Responsible Self-Government and Aboriginal Title in Southern Rhodesia and the Commonwealth

    Pages 81-99

    Cavanagh, Edward

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Commonwealth History in the Twenty-First Century
Editors
  • Saul Dubow
  • Richard Drayton
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41788-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41788-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41787-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 345
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