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Australia and Appeasement
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Chapter One: The origins of the imperial appeasement policy Chapter Two: Friendship with all: Australia's radical appeasement plan Chapter Three: Implementing appeasement: Lyons, Bruce and Chamberlain Chapter Four: Menzies and appeasement Chapter Five: Not worth a war: the Sudetenland crisis Chapter Six: Back from the brink of war: the Australian intervention Chapter Seven: Pursuing general appeasement between Munich and Prague Chapter Eight: Campaigning for appeasement after Hitler seizes Czechoslovakia Chapter Nine: Reluctant Warriors Chapter Ten: The Verdict

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On 3 September 1939, Robert Menzies, the Australian Prime Minister, broadcast to the Australian people the news that their country was at war with Germany. This book provides fresh insights into the making of imperial foreign policy in the inter-war era, imperial history, the origins of World War II and Australian history.

About the Author

Christopher Waters is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century International History at Deakin University, Australia. He has published widely on Australian international history, Anglo-Australian relations and Australian political history and his publications include The Empire Fractures: Anglo-Australian Conflict in the 1940s; Evatt to Evans: The Labor Tradition in Australian Foreign Policy (joint editor); and Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941-1969 (co-author). A review in the Canberra Times described The Empire Fractures as 'a most impressive first book'.

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'This is the first book-length study of Australia and appeasement undertaken for over thirty years and the first ever to base itself thoroughly on the complete archival record. It documents the arch-appeasement policy of the Lyons and Menzies governments, guided by former prime minister, S.M. Bruce, who held the pivotal post of high commissioner in London; a policy often in advance of, or more extreme than, that of the Chamberlain government in Britain. This is a conscientious and worthwhile study and it deserves to be widely-read.' - Carl Bridge, Director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London; 'This is the best researched account of Australian policy to the European crises of the second half of the 1930s yet written. The author has been meticulous in locating all the relevant primary records relating to the subject in archival holdings in Australia and the United Kingdom. The depth of the research and the high quality of its writing will make this book an indispensable addition not only to Australian historiography but also to the study of British foreign policy in the interwar period.' - David Lee, author of Stanley Bruce: Australian Internationalist

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