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Author Waters, Christopher, 1956-

Title Australia and appeasement : imperial foreign policy and the origins of World War II / Christopher Waters
Published London : I.B. Tauris, 2012


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 MELB  327.94009043 Chambe Wat/Aaa  AVAILABLE
 ADPML REF  327.94009043 Chambe Wat/Aaa  LIB USE ONLY
Description viii, 310 pages ; 22 cm
regular print
Series International library of twentieth century history ; v. 53
International library of twentieth century history ; v. 53
Contents 1.The Origins of the Imperial Appeasement Policy -- 2.Friendship with All: Australia's Radical Appeasement Plan -- 3.Implementing Appeasement: Chamberlain, Bruce and Lyons -- 4.Menzies Embraces Appeasement -- 5.Not Worth a War: The Sudetenland Crisis -- 6.Back from the Brink of War: The Australian Intervention -- 7.Pursuing General Appeasement: Munich to Prague -- 8.Persisting with Appeasement: Prague to Danzig -- 9.To Negotiate or Fight? The Polish Crisis -- 10.Last Days to War: Reluctant Warriors -- 11.A Judgement
Summary The strategic, political and moral threats posed by the rise of fascist regimes in Germany and Italy were so severe that all the democratic governments faced a myriad of challenges during the 1930s. Australia, as part of the British Empire, was no exception. Christopher Waters here examines Australia's role in Britain's policy of appeasement from the time Hitler came to power in 1933 through to the declaration of war on 3rd September 1939. Focusing on five leading figures in the Australian governments of the 1930s, it examines their responses to the rise of Hitler and the growing threat of fascism in Europe. Australian governments accepted the principle that the Empire must speak with one voice on foreign policy and Australian political leaders were therefore intimately involved in the decisions taken by successive governments in London. As such, this book not only describes the Australian role in these events, but also provides new insights into the Chamberlain government's reactions to the developments in Europe. Australia and Appeasement provides an important and original study of the making of imperial foreign policy in the inter-war era and will be invaluable reading for researchers of Australian and imperial history and for anyone interested in the origins of World War II
Analysis Australian
Foreign policy
Former Prime Ministers
Great Britain
International relations
Political conditions
World War 2
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references: (pages [295]-302) and index
Audience Tertiary/Undergraduate, General
Subject Chamberlain, Neville, 1869-1940.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Causes.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia.
Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1900-1945.
Australia -- Foreign relations.
Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Germany -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1910-1936.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1936-1945.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Germany.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
ISBN 1848859988
Other Titles Imperial foreign policy and the origins of World War Two