Losing the Blanket: Australia and the End of Britain's Empire

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Melbourne University Publish, 2002 - History - 209 pages
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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 European Union, Australia's own colonial policy and the bilateral relationship with Britain itself.
 

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Contents

the view from Canberra
15
Australia and Britain as colonial powers
32
British islands Australian ambitions
51
Australia discovers Africa
73
Coping with the end of empire
93
Menzies Britain
103
Menzies Macmillan and Europe
120
Confrontation in Southeast Asia
139
The troops go home
157
Conclusion
173
Bibliography
196
Index
203
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Peter Edwards is an honorary professor at Deakin University, Melbourne, and a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. He is the official historian and general editor of the nine-volume Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–75 and the author of Crises and Commitments and A Nation at War. David Goldsworthy is an honorary professorial fellow in the school of political and social inquiry at Monash University. He is the editor of Facing North, Volume 1, 1901 to the 1970s and the author of Losing the Blanket.

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