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From the Archive

Issue 217, Volume 55, Year 1964‘Labour’s Commonwealth policy: the new look in Downing Street’

Sixty years ago a new Labour government came to power under Harold Wilson, facing crises over UDI in Rhodesia and a political crisis in British Guiana. In this article, George Cunningham, Labour’s Commonwealth secretary (and later a long-serving Labour MP) provided an optimistic assessment of Labour’s plans, and suggested that ‘No British government in the last half-century has come in with such a firm commitment to pursue a positive Commonwealth policy’. ['From the Archives' curated by Alex May and Paul Flather]

Issue 54, Volume 14, Year 1924‘India’

One hundred years ago India was in turmoil as Gandhi instigated his non-co-operation movement, virtually rendering the so-called Montagu-Chelmsford constitutional reforms defunct almost at birth. Then Hindus and Muslims were united in their quest for democracy and independence. This article by the historian L.F. Rushbrook Williams captures the mood of Indians in those heady 1920s, disappointed not to receive Dominion status after joining the First World War effort.

Issue 351, Volume 88, Year 1999'Small states development: a Commonwealth vulnerability index’ by Christopher Easter

This article from 25 years ago starts with the startling fact that of the 42 independent developing countries with populations below 1.5 million at that point, 29 were members of the Commonwealth. The author goes on to show how small states are peculiarly vulnerable to economic, environmental, political and social shocks, and therefore deserving of special and differential treatment in the areas of trade and finance. The author proposes a ‘Commonwealth Vulnerability Index’ as a measure of small states’ vulnerability.

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