Australia, Britain and Migration, 1915-1940: A Study of Desperate Hopes

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This book is the first systematic study of assisted emigration from Britain to Australia during the inter-war years. It looks at the British and Australian politicians and bureaucrats involved in the program and the half-million migrants who uprooted themselves. Both governments used migration to meet their different needs, with little regard for the migrants themselves.Not only is the book an important study of imperial relations in the 1920s and 1930s, it describes an important and overlooked aspect of Australian political and social history.
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"Well documented and well written..." Choice

"...a prodigious work of scholarship and one which all historians of Australia will find of immense and lasting value." Times Literary Supplement

"This book is another in the excellent series Studies in Australian History produced under the aegis of Cambridge University Press, and with it MIchael Roe makes a major contribution to the history of Australia in the early decades of the twentieth is a tour de force of scholarship and the metjodical application of the historian's craft....admirable piece of work....Roe commands such respectful attention amongst Australian Historians." F.G. Clarke, American Historical Review

"Michael Roe is an eminent Australian historian who has chosen to study the neglected subject of immigration to Australia between the wars. ...this a very detailed analysis of British-Australian diplomacy on the issue of migration which also illuminates wider social attitudes among the policy-making elites. ...[Roe's] book will remain definitive for a long time." Erik Olssen, Labor History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521465076
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Series: Studies in Australian History Series
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Abbreviations and Usages
Introduction 1
1 The Great War's Impact 9
2 The Whirl of Hughes: 1920-1923 30
3 S. M. Bruce and Empire: 1923-1925 48
4 The Modest Zenith of Hope: 1925-1926 64
5 Ambiguities: 1926-1927 84
6 Through Confusion to Doom: 1928-1929 107
7 Nadir: 1929-1935 139
8 Toward the Wheel's Return: 1932-1940 166
9 Emigration 180
10 Immigration 219
Afterword 256
Notes 258
Bibliography 296
Index 304
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