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Australia's Northern Shield? Papua New Guinea and the Defence of Australia Since 1880

Hunt, Bruce

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This book is the first to draw extensively on the recently released highly classified notes of the cabinet room discussions of successive Australian Governments from 1950 to the mid-1970s and details the changing attitude of the nation’s leaders towards the place of Papua New Guinea in Australia’s defence and security outlook. The Cabinet Notebooks provide an uncensored and unprecedented insight into the opinion of Australia’s leaders towards Indonesia under Sukarno, Southeast Asia and Indo...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHunt, Bruce
dc.contributor.editorHunt, Bruce
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-12T00:56:51Z
dc.date.available2021-05-12T00:56:51Z
dc.identifier.isbn97819255495409
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/232662
dc.description.abstractThis book is the first to draw extensively on the recently released highly classified notes of the cabinet room discussions of successive Australian Governments from 1950 to the mid-1970s and details the changing attitude of the nation’s leaders towards the place of Papua New Guinea in Australia’s defence and security outlook. The Cabinet Notebooks provide an uncensored and unprecedented insight into the opinion of Australia’s leaders towards Indonesia under Sukarno, Southeast Asia and Indo China in general, the changing nature of relations with Britain and the United States and, finally, towards Papua New Guinea. The cabinet room discussions reveal attitudes towards Asia and Australia’s place in the region more nuanced, varied and sensitive than previously known. They also illustrate the dominant influence of Prime Minister Robert Menzies and Deputy Prime Minister John McEwen in shaping Australia’s response to the critical events of this time. Australia’s Northern Shield? shows how, since colonial times, Australia has assessed the importance of Papua New Guinea by examining the ambitions of and threats from external sources, principally Imperial Germany, Japan, and Indonesia. It examines the significant change in Australia’s attitude as this region approached independence in 1975, amid concerns as to the new nation’s future stability and unity. The terms of Australia’s longterm defence undertaking are examined in detail and an examination is offered also of the most recent attempts to define the strategic importance of Papua New Guinea to Australia.
dc.format.extent374pp
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherMonash University Press
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInvestigating Power
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.rights© 2017 Bruce Hunt
dc.source.urihttps://publishing.monash.edu/product/australias-northern-shield/
dc.titleAustralia's Northern Shield? Papua New Guinea and the Defence of Australia Since 1880
dc.typeBook
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor210313 - Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8205243xPUB985
local.publisher.urlhttps://publishing.monash.edu/
local.type.statusMetadata only
local.contributor.affiliationHunt, Bruce, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage374
local.identifier.absseo950599 - Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:14:19Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationMonash
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