19 June 2020

BOOK: Saul DUBOW and Richard DRAYTON, eds., Commonwealth History in the Twenty-First Century (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). ISBN 978-3-030-41787-1, EUR 105,99

(Source: Routledge)

Routledge has published a new edited collection on historical writing on the Commonwealth.


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.


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.  

More info here

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