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Selected Books on the Commonwealth:

Adamson, D., The Last Empire: Britain and the Commonwealth (London: Tauris, 1989).

Arnold, G, Towards Peace and a Multi-Racial Commonwealth (London: Chapman & Hall, 1964).

Ashton, S. R., and Louis, W. R. (eds), East of Suez and the Commonwealth, 1964–1971, Part II: Europe, Rhodesia, Commonwealth, British Documents on End of Empire, Series A, Volume 5 (London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 2004).

Austin, D., The Commonwealth and Britain (London: Chatham House 1988).

Ball, M. M., The ‘Open’ Commonwealth (Durham NC: Duke UP, 1971).

Bosco, A., and May, A. (eds), The Round Table: The Empire/Commonwealth and British Foreign Policy (Lothian Foundation Press, 1997).

Boyce, P., The Queen’s Other Realms: The Crown and Its Legacy in Australia, Canada and New Zealand (Sydney: Federation Press, 2008).

Bourne, R. (ed.), Shridath Ramphal: The Commonwealth and the World: Essays in Honour of his 80th Birthday (London: Hansib Publications, 2008).

Bridge, C., and Fedorowich, K. (eds), The British World: Diaspora, Culture and Identity (London: Frank Cass, 2003)

Butler, D. and Low, D. A. (eds), Sovereigns and Surrogates: Constitutional Heads of State in the Commonwealth. (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990).

Brown, J., and Louis, W. R. (eds), The Oxford History of the British Empire: The Twentieth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Chadwick, J. The Unofficial Commonwealth: the Story of the Commonwealth Foundation 1965-80 (London: 1982).

Chan, S., The Commonwealth in World Politics (London: Lester Crook Academic Publishing, 1988).

Chatham House Surveys, Oxford University Press: W. K. Hancock Survey of British Commonwealth Affairs, vol. 1 Problems of Nationality 1918-1936, (London 1937) vol.2, Problems of Economic Policy 1918-1939 (London 1942); P. N. S. Mansergh, Survey of British Commonwealth Affairs: Problems of External Policy 1031-1952 (London 1952, 1958); J. D. B. Miller, Survey of Commonwealth Affairs: Problems of Expansion and Attrition 1953-1969 (London 1974)

Crafford, F. S., Jan Smuts: A Biography (Kessinger Publishing, 2005).

Dale, W., The Modern Commonwealth (London: Butterworths, 1983).

Darwin, J., Britain and Decolonisation: The Retreat from Empire in the Post-war World (London: Macmillan, 1988).

Darwin, J., End of the British Empire: The Historical Debate (John Wiley & Sons, 2006).

Darwin, J., The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World System 1830-1970 (Cambridge 2009).

Doxey, M.P., The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Contemporary Commonwealth (Houndsmill: Macmillan, 1989).

Duncan Hall, H., Commonwealth. A History of the British Commonwealth of Nations (London : Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1971).

Dundas, C. W., My Wonderful World of Elections: an Election Autobiography (Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2011).

Dundas, C. W., Close Elections and Political Succession in the African Union (Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2012).

Dundas, C. W., Electoral Essays and Discourses (Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2014).

Finer, C. J. and Smyth P., Social Policy and the Commonwealth: Prospects for Social Inclusion (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Ford, K. and Katwala, S., Reinventing the Commonwealth (London: Foreign Policy Centre, 1999).

Garner, J., The Commonwealth Office, 1925–68 (Heinemann Educational Books, 1978).

Gifford, P., and Louis, W. R. (eds), The Transfer of Power in Africa: Decolonization, 1940-1960 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982).

Gordon Walker, P.G., The Commonwealth (London: Secker and Warburg, 1962).

Groom A.J.R. and Taylor PG (eds) The Commonwealth in the 1980s: Challenges and Opportunities (London:  Macmillan, 1984)

Guha, K. D., ‘Opportunistic Idealism: Britain on the World Stage, 1945-50’, BA (hons.) thesis, Harvard University 2013.

Hamilton, W. B. et al, A Decade of the Commonwealth 1955-1964 (Durham NC: Duke UP, 1966).

Harkness, D., The Restless Dominion: The Irish Free State and the British Commonwealth of Nations 1921-31 (London: Macmillan, 1969).

Heinlein, F., British Government Policy and Decolonisation, 1945–63: Scrutinising the Official Mind (London: Frank Cass, 2002).

Hillmer, N., and Wigley, P. (eds), The First British Commonwealth: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Mansergh (London: Routledge, 1980)

Hyam, R., Understanding the British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Ingram, D., Partners in Adventure (London: Pan, 1960).

Ingram, D., Commonwealth for a Colour-Blind World (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1965).

Ingram, D., The Commonwealth at Work (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1969).

Jeffries, Sir C. J., Whitehall and the colonial service: an administrative memoir, 1939-1956(London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1972)

Johnson, P., Eye of Fire: A Biography of Chief Emeka Anyaoku (Asmara: Africa World Press, 2004).

Judd, D. and P. Slinn, The Evolution of the Modern Commonwealth 1902-1980 (London: Macmillan, 1982).

Judd, D., Empire: the British Imperial Experience, from 1765 to the Present (London: Phoenix Press, 1996).

Keatley, P., ‘The Commonwealth and Britain: Changing Realities’ in The Times History of Our Times (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1971).

Knaplund, P., Britain, Commonwealth and Empire 1901-1939 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1956).

Lavin, D., From Empire to International Commonwealth: A Biography of Lionel Curtis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996).

Lloyd, L., Diplomacy with a Difference: The Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1880-2000 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007).

Low, D. A., The egalitarian moment: Asia and Africa, 1950-1980 (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Low, D. A., Eclipse of empire. (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press) 1991).

Low, D. A. (ed.), Constitutional Heads and Political Crises: Commonwealth Episodes, 1945-85 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988).

Low, D. A., Lion rampant; essays in the study of British imperialism (London: Cass, 1973).

Low, D. A. (ed.), Soundings in modern South Asian history (California: University of California Press, 1968).

Lynn, M. (ed.), The British Empire in the 1950s: Retreat or Revival? (Palgrave, 2005).

MacDonald, F. (ed.), Putting Our World to Rights: Towards a Commonwealth Human Rights Policy (London: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative 1991)

Madden, F., and Fieldhouse, D. K. (eds), Oxford and the Idea of Commonwealth (Croom Helm, 1982).

Maltby, R. and P. Quartermaine (eds.), The Commonwealth: Common Culture? Essays by Professor Sir Shridath Ramphal and Others (Exeter: University of Exeter, 1989).

Mansergh, N.,  The Commonwealth Experience (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1969).

Mansergh, N., The Commonwealth Experience. Vol. II; From British to Multi-Racial Commonwealth (London 1982).

Mansergh, N., The Commonwealth in the World (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982).

May, A. (ed.), Britain, the Commonwealth and Europe: The Commonwealth and Britain’s Applications to Join the European Communities (London: Palgrave, 2001).

May, A. (ed.), The Commonwealth and International Affairs: The Round Table Centennial Selection (London: Routledge, 2010).

Mayall, J. (ed.), The Contemporary Commonwealth: An Assessment 1965-2009 (London: Routledge, 2010).

McDonald, T., The Queen and the Commonwealth (London: 1986).

McKinnon, D., In the Ring: A Commonwealth Memoir (London: Elliot and Thompson, 2013).

McIntyre, W. D., A Guide to the Contemporary Commonwealth (Hampshire: Palgrave, 2001).

McIntyre, W. D., .Britain, New Zealand and the Security of South-East Asia in the 1970s (Wellington: New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 1969).

McIntyre, W. D., Colonies into Commonwealth (London: Blandford Press, 1966).

McIntyre, W. D., The Britannic Vision: Historians and the making of the British Commonwealth of Nations 1907-1948 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2009).

McIntyre, W. D., The Commonwealth: Its past, present, and future (Wellington: New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 1973).

McIntyre, W. D., The Commonwealth of Nations: Origins and Impact, 1869-1971 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977).

McIntyre, W. D., The Significance of the Commonwealth, 1965-90 (Basingtoke: Macmillan, 1991).

McIntyre, W. D., Background to the ANZUS Pact: Policy-making, strategy, and diplomacy, 1945–55 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1995).

McIntyre, W. D., ‘Commonwealth Legacy’, in J. Brown and W. R. Louis (eds.), The Oxford History of the British Empire, The Twentieth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 693-702.

Menezes, D: The Commonwealth of Values. Conversations with Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2016)

Miller, J. D. B., Survey of Commonwealth Affairs: Problems of Expansion and Attrition 1953-1969 (London, New York, Published for the Royal Institute of International Affairs by Oxford University Press, 1974).

Miller, J. D. B., The Commonwealth in the World (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1965)

Mills, G. and Stremlau, J. (eds), The Commonwealth in the 21st Century (Johannesburg: South African IIA, 1999).

Moore, R. J., Making the New Commonwealth (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988).

Morgan, D., Official History of Colonial Development, vol. 5, Towards Self-government in British Colonies (London: Macmillan, 1980).

Murphy, P., Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Olechowicz, A. (ed.), The Monarchy and the British Nation 1780 to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Oliver, B., The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).

Oliver, P, The Constitution of Independence: the development of constitutional theory in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Palmer, A., Dictionary of the British Empire and Commonwealth (Macmillan 1996).

Pham, P. L., Ending ‘East of Suez’: The British Decision to Withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore 1964–1968 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Porter, A. (ed.), Bibliography of Imperial, Colonial and Commonwealth History since 1600 (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Ramphal, S., Glimpses of a Global Life (Hertford: Hansib Publications, 2014).

Shaw, T., Commonwealth: Inter- and Non-State Contributions to Global Governance (London: Routledge, 2008).

Smith, A. and C. Sanger, Stitches in Time: The Commonwealth in World Politics (London: A. Deutsch, 1981).

Srinivasan, K., The Rise, Decline and Future of the British Commonwealth (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Stockwell, S. E. (ed.), The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

Te Velde, T, The Commonwealth Brand: Global Voice, Local Action (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011).

Ward, S., British Culture and the End of Empire (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001).

Wheare, K. C., The Constitutional Structure of the Commonwealth (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960).

Wilson, K. (ed.), A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity, and Modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660–1840 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Winks, R. (ed.), The Oxford History of the British Empire: Historiography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Selected Articles on the Commonwealth:

Ashton, S. R., ‘British Government Perspectives on the Commonwealth, 1964-1971: an asset or a liability?’ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 35:1 (2007), 73-94.

Beloff, M., ‘The Commonwealth as History’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 1, 1, (1972).

Bourne, R., ‘Trying to Refashion the Unfashionable – An Activist Life for the Commonwealth’, Britain and the World 8:1 (2015), 100-107.

Craggs, R., and H. Kumarasingham, ‘Losing an Empire and Building a Role: The Queen, Geopolitics, and the Construction of the Commonwealth Headship at the Lusaka Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 1979‘, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 43:1 (2014), 80-98.

Craggs, R., ‘Postcolonial Geographies, Decolonization, and the Performance of Geopolitics at Commonwealth Conferences‘, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 31:1 (2014), 39-­55.

Craggs, R., ‘Hospitality in Geopolitics and the Making of Commonwealth International Relations‘, Geoforum 52 (2014), 90-100.

Dawson, M., ‘Acting global, thinking local: “Liquid imperialism” and the multiple meanings of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games’International Journal of the History of Sport 23:1 (2006), 3-27.

Eisenberg, D., ‘The Commonwealth Conference’, Africa South 4, 4 (1960).

Hopkins, A. G., ‘Back to the future: from national history to imperial history’Past and Present 164 (1999), 198-243.

Ingram, D., ‘Thatcher and Ramphal: A Long and Turbulent Relationship’, The Round Table 97, 398 (2008).

Ingram, D. and Walker, A., ‘Commonwealth Conference 1977’, The Round Table 67, 267 (1977).

Kirby, M., ‘The Commonwealth of Nations today: historical anachronism or focus for universal values?‘, Commonwealth Law Bulletin 37:1 (2011), 39-59.

McIntyre, W. D., ‘Canada and the Creation of the Commonwealth Secretariat, 1965’, International Journal 53:4 (1998), 753-77.

McIntyre, W. D., ‘Britain and the Creation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 28:1 (2000), 135-158.

McIntyre, W. D., Mole, S., Ashworth, L. M., Shaw, T. M., and May, A., ‘Whose Commonwealth? Responses to Krishnan Srinivasan’s The Rise, Decline and Future of the British CommonwealthRound Table 96:388 (2007), 57-70.

McIntyre, W. D., ‘The Unofficial Commonwealth Relations Conferences, 1933-1959: Precursors of the Tri-sector Commonwealth’Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 36:4 (2008), 591-614.

McKinnon, D., ‘A Commonwealth of Values: a Commonwealth of Incomparable Values’, Round Table, 97:394 (2008), 19-28.

Mehrotra, S. R.,’ On the use of the Term “Commonwealth”‘, Journal of Commonwealth Political Studies 1963 2(1) 1-16.

Mole, S., ‘“Seminars for statesmen”: the evolution of the Commonwealth summit‘, Round Table 93:376 (2004), 533-546.

Mole, S., ‘Negotiating with Apartheid: The Mission of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group 1986’, The Round Table, 101, 2 (2012).

Murphy, P., ‘Breaking the bad news: plans for announcement to the Commonwealth of the death of Elizabeth II, 1952-69‘, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 34:1 (2006), 139-154.

Murphy, P., ‘By Invitation Only: Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip and the Attempt to Create a Commonwealth Bilderberg Group, 1964-1966‘, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 33:2 (2005), pp.245-265.

Peers, Douglas M., ‘Is Humpty-Dumpty back together again? The revival of imperial history and the Oxford History of the British Empire‘, Journal of World History, 13, 2 (2002), 451–67.

Perkin, H., ‘Teaching the nations how to play: sport and society in the British Empire and Commonwealth’International Journal of the History of Sport, 6:2 (1989), 145-55.

Shaw, T. M., ‘Globalization, Anti-Globalization and the Commonwealth’, Round Table, 369:1 (2003), 235-48.

Sanders, R., ‘The Commonwealth after Colombo: Can it Become Meaningful Again?‘, Round Table 103:1 (2014), pp.23-40.

Policy Documents and Reports:

A Commonwealth of the People, Time for Urgent Reform: Report of the EPG to Heads of Government (Perth, 2011).

Ashton, S.R., and W.R. Louis, British Documents on Foreign Policy. 

Commonwealth at the Summit: Communiqués of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (London: Commonwealth Secretariat), vol. 1, 1944-86 (1987), vol. 2 1987-95 (1997), vol. 3, 1997-2005 (2007).

Civil Paths to Peace: Report of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2007).

Commonwealth Declarations 1971-1991 (London: Commonwealth Secretariat, 1993).

Murphy, P., British Documents on the End of Empire: Central Africa Part I.

Report of the Committee on Commonwealth Membership (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2007).

UK House of Commons Select Committee, Role and Future of the Commonwealth, Fourth Report of Sessions 2012-2013 (London: The Stationery Office Limited, 2012).

Books by/about Commonwealth Secretaries-General

Anyaoku, E., The Inside Story of the Modern Commonwealth (London: Evans Brothers Limited, 2004).

Bourne, R., Shridath Ramphal: the Commonwealth and the World: essays in honour of his 80th birthday (London: Hansib Publications, 2008).

Johnson, P., Eye of Fire: Emeka Anyaoku (Africa World Press, 2000).

McKinnon, D., In the Ring. A Commonwealth Memoir. (London: Elliot and Thompson, 2013).

Ramphal, S., Glimpses of a Global Life (Hertford: Hansib Publications, 2014).

Ramphal, S., One World to Share: Speeches 1975-9 (London: 1979).

Sanders, R. (ed), Inseparable Humanity: Anthology of Reflections of Shridath Ramphal (London: 1988).

Smith, A., with Sanger, C., Stitches in Time. The Commonwealth in World Politics(London: Andre Deutsche, 1981).

Selected Books and Articles on Commonwealth Member States and Regions:


Ayres, P., Malcolm Fraser: A Biography (Richmond: Heinemann, 1987).

Benvenuti, A., Anglo-Australian Relations and the turn to Europe 1961-72 (London: R. Hist. Soc. 2008).

D’Alpuget, B., Hawke: The Prime Minister (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2010).

Fraser, M., The Political Memoirs (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2010).

Hawke, B., The Hawke Memoirs (London: Heinemann, 1994).

Howard, J., Lazarus Rising. A Personal and Political Autobiography (Pymble: HarperCollins, 2010).

Hudson, WJ and Sharp, M. P., Australian Independence: Colony to Reluctant Kingdom (Melbourne UP, 1988).

Kirby, M., A Private Life: Fragments, Memories, Friends (Crow’s Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2012).

Kullman, Claudio, ‘Attitudes towards the Monarchy in Australia and New Zealand’,Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 46:4 (2008), 442–63.

McDougall, Derek, ‘Australia and the Commonwealth’Round Table 94:380 (2005), 339-49

Menzies, R., Afternoon Light: Some Memories of Men and Events (London: Cassell, 1967).

Twomey, Anne, The Chameleon Crown: The Queen and Her Australian Governors(Annandale: federation Press, 2006).

Ward, Stuart, Australia and the British Embrace (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001).


Hossain, K., Bangladesh: Quest for Freedom and Justice (Bangladesh: University Press Ltd, 2013)

Sobhan, F., Serving the Nation: Reflections of Bangladesh Diplomats (Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, 2015)


Bastien, F., ‘Britain, the Charter of Rights and the spirit of the 1982 Canadian Constitution’, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 48:3 (2010), 320-47

Brown, P., Murphy, R., and Chodos, R., Winners, Losers: the 1976 Tory Leadership Convention (Lorimer, 1976)

Buckner, P. (ed.), Canada and the End of Empire (Toronto: University of British Columbia Press, 2005)

Chretien, J., My Years as Prime Minister (Toronto: Vintage, 2008).

Graham, R., One-Eyed Kings (Toronto: Collins Publishers, 1986)

Head, I., The Canadian way: shaping Canada’s foreign policy 1968-1984 (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1995)

Humphreys, D., Joe Clark: A Portrait, (Toronto: Deneau and Greenberg Publishers Ltd., 1978)

Lotz, Jim., Prime Ministers of Canada (Bison Books, 1987)

Macintosh, D., and Hawes, M., Sport and Canadian Diplomacy (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994)

Mulroney. B., Memoirs: 1939-1993 (Toronto: McLelland & Stewart, 2013).

Nolan, M., Joe Clark: The Emerging Leader (Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1978)

Sawatsky, J., Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter, and Ross publishers, 1991)

Sawatsky, J., The Insiders: Government, Business, and the Lobbyists (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1987)

Trudeau, P., Memoirs (Toronto: McLelland & Stewart, 1993).

The Caribbean:

Gibson, C., Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day (London: Macmillan, 2014).


Barltrop, Roger, ‘Fiji, Crown and Commonwealth’, Round Table 337:1 (1996), 83-9

Mara, R. S. K., The Pacific Way: A Memoir (University of Hawaii Press, 1997)

Rabuka, S., No Other Way: His Own Story of the Fijian Coup (Doubleday, 1988)

Sharpham, J., Rabuka of Fiji: The Authorized Biography of Major General Sitiveni Rabuka (Rockhampton: Central Queensland University Press, 2000)

Usher, Sir L., Letters from Fiji, 1987-1990 (Suva: Fiji Times, 1993)


Jackson, R., Guyana’s Diplomacy. Reflections of a former Foreign Minister (Free Press, 2003)

Jagan, C., Forbidden Freedom: The Story of British Guiana (London: Hansib, 1994).

Jackson, R.E., Guyana’s Diplomacy: Reflections of a Former Foreign Minister (Georgetown: Free Press, 2003).

Majeed, H., Forbes Burnham: National Reconciliation And National Unity, 1984-1985 (Global Communications, 2005)


Aiyar, M.S., Remembering Rajiv (Calcutta: Rupa & Co, 1992).

Kumarasingham, H., ‘The “New Commonwealth” 1947-49: A New Zealand Perspective on India Joining the Commonwealth’, Round Table 95:385 (2006), 441-54

Low, D. A. (ed.), The Indian National Congress: Centenary Hindsights (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1988).

Mehta. J.S., The Tryst Betrayed. Reflections on Diplomacy and Development (New Delhi: Penguin, 2010).

Pradhan, R.D., Working with Rajiv Gandhi (New Delhi: Indus, 1995).

Singh, A. I., ‘Keeping India in the Commonwealth: British Political and Military Aims, 1947-49‘, Journal of Contemporary History 20 (1985), 469-81

Sreenivasan, T.P., Words, Words, Words: Adventures in Diplomacy (Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2008).


Bryan, P., Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica (Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2009).

Seaga, E., My Life and Leadership – Volume 1: Clash of Ideologies 1930-1980 (Oxford: Macmillan, 2009).

Seaga, E., My Life and Leadership – Volume 2: Hard Road to Travel 1980-2008 (Oxford: Macmillan, 2010).

Thompson, D., From Kingston to Kenya: The Making of a Pan Africanist Lawyer (Dover, Mass.: Majority Press, 1993).


Jaafar, K. Growing Up With the Nation (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2013).

Mohamad, M., Dr Mahathir’s Selected Letters to World Leaders (Shah Alam, Selangor: Marshall Cavendish, 2008).

Mohamad, M., A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Petaling Jaya, Selangor: MPH Publishers, 2011).

Plate, T., Conversations with Mahathir Mohamad: Dr M – Operation Malaysia (London: Marshall Cavendish, 2011).

Wain, B., Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

New Zealand:

Bassett, M. and King, M., Tomorrow Comes the Song: A Life of Peter Fraser (Auckland: Penguin, 2000).

Grant, D., The Mighty Totara: The Life and Times of Norman Kirk (Auckland: Random House, 2014).

Hensley, G., Final Approaches: A Memoir (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2006).

Hensley, G., Friendly Fire: Nuclear Politics and the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984-1987(Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2013).

Lange, D., Nuclear Free: The New Zealand Way (Auckland: Penguin, 1990).

Lange, D., My Life (Auckland: Viking, 2005).

McIntyre, W. D., Dominion of New Zealand 1907 to 1945 (Wellington: NZIIA, 2007).

McIntyre, D., Neutralism, Non-alignment, and New Zealand (Wellington: New Zealand University Press, 1969).

McKinnon, M., Independence and Foreign Policy: New Zealand in the World since 1935 (Auckland UP, 1993).


Achebe, C., There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra (London: Allen Lane, 2012).

D’Orville, H. (ed.), Leadership for Africa: In Honor of Olusegun Obsanjo on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday (New York: African Leadership Foundation, 1995).

Obasanjo, O., My Watch, Volumes 1-3 (Lagos: Kachifo, 2015).


Kuan Yew, L., The Singapore Story: The Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew (Singapore: Prentice Hall, 1999).

Soloman Islands: 

Dinnan, S., and Firth, S., Politics and State Building in Solomon Islands (Australian National University Press, 2007)

South Africa: 

Carlin, J., Knowing Mandela: A Personal Portrait (London: Harper Perennial, 2013).

Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons, Mission to South Africa: The Commonwealth Report (Harmondsworth: Penguin for the Commonwealth Secretariat, 1986).

Dubow, S., A Commonwealth of Knowledge: Science, Sensibility, and White South Africa 1820-2000 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Hayes, F., ‘South Africa’s Departure from the Commonwealth, 1960-1961’, International History Review 2:3 (1980), 453-84

Hyam, R., ‘South Africa, Cambridge and the Commonwealth’, Round Table 90:360 (2010), 404-14

Hyam, R., and Henshaw, P., The Lion and the Springbok: Britain and South Africa since the Boer War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Mandela, N., Long Walk to Freedom. The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (London: Little Brown, 1994).

Papenfus, T., Pik Botha and His Times (Pretoria: Litera Publications, 2010).

Renwick, R., Unconventional Diplomacy in Southern Africa (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997).

Sachs, A., The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter (London: Grafton, 1990).

Sampson, A., Mandela: The Authorised Biography (London: HarperCollins, 1999).

Sparks, A., Tomorrow is Another Country: The Inside Story of South Africa’s Negotiated Revolution (London: Heinemann, 1995).

Sparks, A., The Mind of South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid (London: Heinemann, 1990).

Trinidad & Tobago: 

Palmer, C.A., Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006).


Gingyera-Pinycwa, A.G.G. Apolo Milton Obote and his times (New York: NOK Publishers, 1978).

Karugire, Samwiri R. A political history of Uganda (Nairobi; London: Heinemann Educational, 1980).

Low, D. A., Political parties in Uganda 1949-62, 1st ed., (London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies; Athlone Press, 1962).

United Kingdom:

Barber, A., Taking the Tide: A Memoir (Norwich: Michael Russell, 1996).

Blair, T., A Journey (London: Hutchinson, 2010).

Campbell, A., The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alistair Campbell Diaries (London: Hutchinson, 2007).

Campbell, J., Edward Heath: A Biography (London: Pimlico, 1994).

Campbell, J., Margaret Thatcher: The Grocer’s Daughter (London: Vintage, 2000).

Campbell, J., Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady (London: Vintage, 2003).

Cook, R., The Point of Departure (London: Simon & Schuster, 2003).

Heath, E., The Course of My Life: My Autobiography (London: Hodder & Staughton, 1998).

Howe, G., Conflict of Loyalty (London: Pan, 1995).

Howell, D., Old Links and New Ties: Power and Persuasion in the Age of Networks (London: IB Tauris, 2014).

Hurd, D., Memoirs (London: Abacus, 2004).

Major, J., The Autobiography (London: HarperCollins, 2000).

Moore, C., Margaret Thatcher: The Authorised Biography (London: Allen Lane, 2013).

Mullin, C., A View from the Foothills: The Diaries of Chris Mullin (London: Profile, 2009).

Owen, D., Time to Declare (London: Penguin, 1992).

Renwick, R., A Journey with Margaret Thatcher (Biteback Publishing, 2013).

Thatcher, M., The Downing Street Years (London: HarperCollins, 1993).

Ziegler, P., Edward Heath: The Authorised Biography (London: HarperPress, 2010).


Coggins, R., ‘Wilson and Rhodesia: UDI and British Policy towards Africa’, Contemporary British History 20:3 (2006), 36381

Facchini, M., ‘The “Evil Genius”: Sir Hugh Beadle and the Rhodesian Crisis, 1965-1972’, Journal of Southern African Studies 33:3 (2007), 673-89

Mlambo, A.S., A History of Zimbabwe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Tamarkin, M., The Making of Zimbabwe: Decolonization in Regional and International Politics (London: Franck Cass, 1990)

Wood, J. R. T., ‘So Far No Further!’ Rhodesia’s Bid for Independence during the Retreat from Empire 19591965 (Trafford, 2006)

Archival and Manuscript Collections:

Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies, Rhodes House, University of Oxford.

  • The Bodleian Library holds books, journals, theses, government publications and special collections (manuscripts, archives, special or rare books) focusing on Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth. It also houses the Oxford Colonial Records Project collection, and other similar projects that have succeeded it.

Commonwealth Secretariat Library and Archive, Marlborough House, London.

  • This library contains the Commonwealth Secretariat’s institutional records and official publications since its formation in 1965, alongside some of the personal papers of previous Secretary Generals Arnold Smith and Sir Shridath Ramphal

Gemini News Service ArchiveThe Guardian Corporate Archive Collection, London.

  • The Gemini News Service Archive compiles a unique collection of articles, press cuttings, visual materials, personal correspondence, and project and management files related to this pioneering independent news service, founded in 1967 and specialising in the field of international and development journalism.

Institute of Commonwealth Studies Collection, Senate House Library, London

  • The ICwS Library contains a wide range of books, journals and special collections, including unique personal and institutional archives related to the history of the Commonwealth and its member countries.

The National Archives of the United Kingdom, London.

  • The National Archives house the main collections of the British government, bringing together documents from the Public Record Office, the Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO).

Royal Commonwealth Society Collections, University Library, University of Cambridge.

  • The Collections of the Royal Commonwealth Societyformerly the Royal Colonial Institute and the Royal Empire Society, founded in 1868 – contains a wide range of books, pamphlets, periodicals, official publications, manuscripts and photographs. The collection now consists of over 300,000 printed items, circa 700 archival collections (including manuscript diaries, correspondence, pictures, cine films, scrapbooks and newspaper cuttings) and over 100,000 photographs.

OR Tambo Collection, University of Fort Hare

  • The original collection contains correspondence, diaries, notebooks, materials reflecting his changing responsibilities within the ANC and the anti-apartheid struggle, photographs, audio visual materials and ephemera. 

Websites and Online Resources:

Senate House Library Archives Subject Page on Apartheid [London], <>.

British Diplomatic Oral History Programme [Churchill College, University of Cambridge], <>.

British Documents on the End of Empire [Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London], <>

Commonwealth Secretariat Digital Library [London], <>.

Gareth Evans: Personal Website [Melbourne], <>.

Institute of Contemporary British History Witness Seminar Programme [King’s College London], <>.

Margaret Thatcher Foundation Archive [London],<>.