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Beautiful Lies: Australia from Menzies to Howard / Edition 3

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Combining impressive historical research with pithy prose, this entertaining work chronicles Australia's evolution from British lackey during World War II to global power player in the 21st century. Appealing to academic audiences and armchair historians alike, this volume focuses on Australia's shift from political and economic reliance on England to becoming politically aligned with the United States and economically tethered to Japan and China, a transition in part initiated by Prime Minister Robert Menzies. With chapters entitled "Beating the Bolshoi," "All the Way with JFK," and "The Banana Republic," this concise history of modern Australia is written in a style both delightful and informative.
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"No other book that I know describes so succinctly the forces that in less than forty years turned Australia from a vassal of the United Kingdom into an independent power which, if it owes any allegiance, owes it politically to the United States and economically to Japan." —The Times Literary Supplement

"A refreshing change from the timid or pedantic approach of many other academics." —The Age

"Provocative, lively, and insightful." —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862545908
  • Publisher: Wakefield Press Pty, Limited, Austrailia
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Griffiths has taught Australian and Scandinavian history in Australia, Japan, and Europe. He has served as a visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in San Domenico di Fiesole. He is the author of Scandinavia: A Modern History.
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