old editions of the journal

Since 1910, The Round Table journal has been providing analysis of international affairs from Commonwealth perspectives.  As such, its archive provides an invaluable historical resource for those wishing to learn more about contemporary attitudes to the major international questions over more than 100 years, from the eve of the First World War to the early twenty-first century, including the transition from empire to Commonwealth, and political developments in Commonwealth member-states, often written by leading experts or practitioners.

Thanks to an agreement with the journal’s publishers, Taylor & Francis, we will be highlighting and making freely available a new article every two weeks, chosen either for its relevance to a current issue, or going back 100, 75, 50 25 years, from this archive.

Until 1966 all articles in the journal were anonymous (as was the case with many other publications at the time). However, it has been possible to identify the authors in a large number of cases, from the papers of the editorial board. For a list, see appendix F here.

To visit the full archive of the journal, click here.

Currently free-to-view

Issue 40, Volume 10, Year 1920The Changing East by T. E. Lawrence

This article was well known to be written by T.E. Lawrence even though it was unsigned, as was the norm then. It came at an important time when the shape of the post-First World War settlement in the Middle East was unclear, and the extent of colonial control by the UK and France within their respective spheres remained uncertain.

Issue 240, Volume 60, Year 1970The Commonwealth: An Indian view

India, today, remains a somewhat sceptical member of the Commonwealth. This was true when it joined the Commonwealth even allowing for the particular leading role played by Jawaharlal Nehru.

25 May 2021 – Myanmar

Issue 325, Volume 82, Year 1993 – Myanmar’s Agony: The Struggle for Democracy by Bruce Matthews

Dramatic and heart-rending images of the struggle for democracy in Myanmar (a former British colony but not so far a member of the Commonwealth) have filled our screens in recent months. The army seized power in 1962, and the struggle against the military junta dates back more than thirty years. Here Bruce Matthew tracks the origins of this struggle, with insights on the obstacles that the opposition to military rule has faced.



Issue 205, Volume 52, Year 1961Commonwealth and common markets by Eric Roll

UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan first bid to enter the “Common Market” or European Economic Community 50 years ago – and a key obstacle turned on the prevailing system of preferential trade agreements with Commonwealth countries.