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Losing the blanket : Australia and the end of Britain's empire

Author: David Goldsworthy
Publisher: Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2002.
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"When Britain's sprawling empire wound down with unexpected speed in the 1960s, Australia lost a comforting 'security blanket'. We had to struggle to re-establish and protect ourselves in a volatile and threatening world. Australia's interests in empire had taken many forms--strategic, economic, cultural and psychological. Indeed Australia had used British experience as a template for its own 'mini-imperialism', in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Goldsworthy
ISBN: 0522850286 9780522850284
OCLC Number: 55106453
Description: viii, 209 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Living with Britain's Empire: 1. Empire: the view from Canberra; 2. Australia and Britain as colonial powers; 3. British islands, Australian ambitions; 4. Australia discovers Africa --
Part II. Coping with the End of Empire: 5. Things faling apart: Menzies, Britain and the new Commonwealth; 6. Menzies, Macmillan and Europe; 7. Confrontation in Southeast Asia; 8. The troops go home.
Responsibility: David Goldsworthy.

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An account of British decolonization and its aftermath. It discusses its implications for Australian policies in the key areas of defence in Southeast Asia, the politics of the Commonwealth, the  Read more...

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   schema:reviewBody ""When Britain's sprawling empire wound down with unexpected speed in the 1960s, Australia lost a comforting 'security blanket'. We had to struggle to re-establish and protect ourselves in a volatile and threatening world. Australia's interests in empire had taken many forms--strategic, economic, cultural and psychological. Indeed Australia had used British experience as a template for its own 'mini-imperialism', in Papua and New Guinea for example. The most important connnections between Britain's imperial interests and Australia's regional ones were in Southeast Asia, but they extended to the Indian and Pacific oceans and even to Africa. The effects of the end of empire upon Australia's external relations have tended to be eclipsed by historians' emphasis on Cold War imperatives and Australia's consequent alignment with the United States. Losing the Blanket rights the balance by showing how Australia's foreign policy during the 1950s and 1960s was affected by the end of empire. Under the thirty-year rule, vital primary sources in both Britain and Australia are now accessible. They reveal the effects of post-imperialism upon Australian policies in key areas such as defence planning in Southeast Asia, the politics of the Commonwealth, European union, Australia's own colonial policy, and relations with Britain itself. David Goldsworthy's account is both clear and thorough. As first Menzies and then Holt looked to protect Australia's interests, the groundwork was laid for our involvement in Vietnam and for the pattern of Australia's foreign relations today."--Jacket." ;
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