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Isolationism and appeasement in Australia : reactions to the European crises, 1935-1939

CollectionsANU Press (1965- Present)
Title: Isolationism and appeasement in Australia : reactions to the European crises, 1935-1939
Author(s): Andrews, E. M.
Date published: 1970
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian National University Press
Australian foreign policy in the late 1930s has till now been a neglected topic in historical writing. In this book the author examines Australian reactions to the aggressions which led to World War II - Abyssinia, Spain, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. He describes the early support in Britain and Australia for the League of Nations, and goes on to discuss the causes of the change to a policy of appeasement, culminating in the Munich crisis of 1938, and Australian reactions to that crisis. Additionally, he compares Australian foreign policy at that time and in the sixties, when Australia again supports a powerful ally, this time in Vietnam. To those who lived through the crises of the thirties and now wish to see those years in perspective, as well as to readers of a younger generation, who seek the causes for the development of present-day attitudes to Australian foreign policy, this book will make absorbing reading. For teachers and students of the history of the period it will provide a welcome insight into the reactions of Australian politicians and people to the European crises and to Britain{u2019}s part in them.


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