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Author Lowe, David, 1964-

Title Menzies and the "great world struggle" : Australia's Cold War 1948-1954 / David Lowe
Published Sydney : UNSW Press, 1999


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Description x, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents The Cold War Takes Shape -- The Chifley Government -- Defining and contesting the Cold War -- Diverging voices -- Plans and visions -- The Americans -- The Menzies Government and the World -- Wars, memories and international relations -- Asia and the Cold War -- Defence talks and war in Korea -- The communists within -- Allies -- A Third World War? -- ANZUS globalised -- Asia globalised -- The military -- Expedition -- Communists and Australians -- Political culture -- The threat to civilisation -- Protecting the state -- Petrov and the 1954 election -- A National Security State -- War and development -- Science and atoms -- Three years of preparations -- Overload -- The old and the New -- The region ascendant -- Transition -- Australian progress -- The long Cold War
Summary "This is the first comprehensive study of Australia's Cold War in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which captures both the domestic and international dimensions of what Menzies called the 'great world struggle'. David Lowe explores the Cold War from Australia's perspective in relation to three related themes: the threat of a third world war; the imperatives of Australia's rapid economic development; and the on-going need to define Australia's international identity. Lowe finds that through the talk of war and the heat of anti-communism at home, Menzies looms large as the figure who, for reasons more complex than is often suggested, translated the Cold War into an Australian context. Menzies and the 'Great World Struggle' is a lively account of Australia during the first Cold War period and an original explanation of the Australian experience at that time."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Australia overseas comparisons
Cold War
Federal issue
History, 1946-1969
International defence relations
Menzies, Robert
National security
Polarisation (Politics)
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [229]-234
Subject Menzies, Robert, 1894-1978.
Menzies, Robert, 1894-1978.
Cold War.
World politics -- 1945-1955.
Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-
Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1965
Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-1965
LC no. 00304719
ISBN 0868405531