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Australia's Bid for the Atomic Bomb

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This important book is fundamentally a rewriting of Australian history from 1943 to 1968. It argues that after World War II Australian defense policy was premised on the joint nuclear weapon development with the UK and shows that, while this endeavor failed, it shaped domestic and foreign policy until the late 1950s.

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Overview

This important book is fundamentally a rewriting of Australian history from 1943 to 1968. It argues that after World War II Australian defense policy was premised on the joint nuclear weapon development with the UK and shows that, while this endeavor failed, it shaped domestic and foreign policy until the late 1950s.

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β€œAn important, thought-provoking and well-written book which sheds new light on Australia's postwar defence policies and the ways in which the development of atomic weapons impinged on Australia's relations with Britian and the US.” β€”Australian Historical Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522849141
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Reynolds is a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Newcastle. He is the author of Doc Evatt and has published several chapters in books and numerous scholarly articles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Conversions
Introduction 1
1 The Starting Point 5
2 Australia Embraces the Fourth Empire 25
3 Australia's Manhattan Programme 48
4 An Australian Atomic Bomber Force 70
5 The 'Problem' of Australian Security 92
6 Playing the Empire Card 116
7 Lucas Heights, Maralinga and Atomic Strategy in Asia 138
8 Suez and the Restoration of Anglo-American Co-operation 162
9 The End of Empire Defence 184
Beyond the Fourth Empire 211
Notes 219
Select Bibliography 251
Index 267
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