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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

October 2018

This update adds thirty-seven new articles, with a focus on global lives, and a selection of  communist biographies curated by Professor Kevin Morgan of the University of Manchester.  

Oliver Tambo

Oliver Tambo (d.1993), latterly national chairman of the African National Congress,  fled South Africa in 1960, and had a home in London for thirty years.   In exile, he helped the ANC to survive, and has been seen as the father of South Africa’s democratic constitution.



OCTOBER 10, 2018

What's new: October 2018

Discover the global lives and biographies of people connected with communism


SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Listen to "National International: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography"

Episode two of a behind the scenes BBC World Services documentary.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

What's new: September 2018

Meet new lives from the 12th to the early 17th century of Britain.