Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal

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Until a generation ago, 'Britishness' lay at the heart of Australian political culture. How and why did this fundamental idea lose its meaning for Australians and their political institutions? The popular view is that the British ideal succumbed to a triumphant, long-thwarted Australian nationalism. The reality is much more complex. Having weighed the documentary evidence, Stuart Ward vigorously argues that it was not Australia but the 'Mother Country' that set the pace. The critical move was the Macmillan Government's decision in the early 1960s to seek membership of the European Economic Community. Thereafter, the ties of imperial sentiment and the dictates of national self-interest were essentially irreconcilable. Australia s attachment to being British was profoundly shaken, and the contours of Australian nationhood were irreversibly redrawn. Australia and the British Embrace is an engrossing account of the unravelling of Britishness in Australian political life. The consequences of that unravelling continue to dominate Australian politics-from multiculturalism to Aboriginal reconciliation, engagement with Asia and, above all, the pro

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Australia and the British Embrace Until a generation ago, "Britishness" lay at the heart of Australian political culture. How and why did this fundamental idea lose its meaning for Australians and their political institutions? Australia and the British Embrace is an engrossing account of the unraveling of Britishness in Australian political life. Full description

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"Ward successfully challenges recent writing which has tended to antedate Australia's rejection of the ties of Empire and Britishness . . . Expertly applying material from the archives of both countries, Stuart Ward has written a fine book, as important to British readers as to Australians." --"Times Literary Supplement"

"A stunning and challenging contribution to the core question of Australian historiography." --"Australian Book Review"

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Book Description Melbourne University Press, 2001. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Australia and the British Embrace is an engrossing account of the unravelling of Britishness in Australian political life. The consequences of that unravelling continue to dominate all aspects of Australian politics. The book is in very good condition except for shelf rubbing/staining at the bottom. Please note: The postal rate for this title within Australia will vary between A$10.55 and A$21.60. Please check with the seller. Seller Inventory # 000380

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Book Description Melbourne University Press, 2001. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2001 ix, 307 p. ; 24 cm. This title argues that the steady waning of "British race patriotism" in Australia did not occur because of assertive Australian cultural nationalism, rather it was a reaction to the UK's determination to carve out a new political and economic future as a member of the European Community. 1. Sentiment and Self-interest: Australia's Post-War Ties to Britain 2. 'Not just another European country': Britain and 'The Six', 1950-1961 3. A Matter of Preference: Australia's Response to the EEC Crisis 4. 'A real and fundamental clash of interests': Britain's Application to Join the EEC 5. 'Without a friend in the world': McEwen and the Defence of Australian Trade 6. 'On the horns of a dilemma': Menzies and the Political Conundrum 7. 'A challenge to get cracking': Australia's Revision 8. 'Fighting without hurting Britain': Australia's Resignation 9. 'A temporary reprieve': The French Veto 10. 'We must now look to the future': Wider Implications. Seller Inventory # 022972

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