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Senate House Library

Commonwealth studies

The Library's holdings of Commonwealth related material are outstanding, offering an exceptional opportunity to study its development and history, member nations, and post-colonial studies.

  • Collections Development Coordinator: Julio Cazzasa
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    Commonwealth Studies books are located on the 6th floor Senate House.

The Commonwealth subject is particularly well represented in the Library. The material covers many important events and developments in the history of the organisation and is directly related to the Institute for Commonwealth Studies (SAS-University of London). Stressing in the post-colonial era the Library offers a unique opportunity to study the development and continuing history of this group of nations. Includes a rich collection of printed material, in particular pamphlets and ephemera relating to political activity, struggles for independence and the business of government across the Commonwealth. In this subject the Library maintain a sequence of Teaching Collection intended for the Institute students.

The archive material comprises the papers of individuals and the records of organisations. Themes include anti-apartheid movement, civil rights and liberties as well political activism (including women’s activists), journalism and communications, education, workers’ rights and trade unions, pressure and campaigning groups, independence movements and the relationship between Britain and these countries after political emancipation.

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