The Rise, Decline and Future of the British Commonwealth

Paperback | June 15, 2008

byKrishnan Srinivasan

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Written by a senior Indian diplomat who until recently also served as Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, this book provides a unique and far-reaching exploration of the British Commonwealth and its impact since the second World War on the process of Britain adjusting to a world without Empire. What is its record of achievement? What are the benefits of membership to countries in terms of collective political influence, trade, investment, aid, travel and education? Can any practical good be gotten from this post-colonial organization? Britain, which brought the association into being and is central to it, would have to play a key part in determining its future. But in coming to such decisions, the British Government faces great problems of perception, both from the Monarchy and the British public.

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Written by a senior Indian diplomat who until recently also served as Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, this book provides a unique and far-reaching exploration of the British Commonwealth and its impact since the second World War on the process of Britain adjusting to a world without Empire. What is its record of achievement? Wha...

Krishnan Srinivasan is a former senior Indian diplomat, and a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, and the Centre for International Studies, Cambridge, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University. Peter Lyon is Reader Emeritus in International Relations and Senior Research Fellow at the Inst...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.43 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations  * Acknowledgements  * Foreword  * Introduction  * PART 1: THE NEHRU COMMONWEALTH  * The Immediate Post-War Period * India and Pakistan * Burma  * Ceylon  * Malaya  * Britain, the Commonwealth and Asian Independence * Defence * The United States of America and Empire * The West Indies Federation * The Suez Crisis and Its Aftermath * The Middle East and Cyprus * PART 2: THE AFRICAN COMMONWEALTH * British Africa * South Africa * The Central African Federation and Rhodesia * Britain, the Commonwealth and Independent * Africa * Economic Matters * Britain's Entry to the EEC * Immigration and Citizenship * PART 3: SOME OTHER 'COMMONWEALTHS' * The OIF, the CPLP, the OEI and the Dutch * PART 4: NOBODY'S COMMONWEALTH?  * The Position of the Crown  * Domestic and Public Opinion * Media Comments through the Years * Knowledge of the Modern Commonwealth * The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee * Report, 1995-96 * The 'Commonwealth Factor' in Trade and * Economic Relations * A New Agenda for the Old Commonwealth * The Commonwealth Today - and Tomorrow * Notes * Bibliography * Index

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"This is a welcome exploration of an area that has remained relatively uninvestigated."--Michael Wheeler, Church Times