Australia and the British Embrace: The demise of the imperial ideal by Stuart Ward

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December 2001–January 2002, no. 237

Australia and the British Embrace: The demise of the imperial ideal by Stuart Ward

MUP, $49.95 hb, 315 pp

Australia and the British Embrace: The demise of the imperial ideal by Stuart Ward

by
December 2001–January 2002, no. 237

When did Australia grow up? Australian historians have accepted, almost as an obligation of their trade, that they must declare the moment when the child reached mature adulthood. Was it, as Justice Murphy proclaimed in splendid isolation on the High Court bench, at the moment of the adoption of the Commonwealth Constitution in 1901? He was, admittedly, an amateur historian. Was it with the passage of the Statute of Westminster in 1931, when the Dominions were given the right to have their own defence and foreign policies? Or in 1942, when Prime Minister Curtin looked to the United States ‘free of any pangs as to our traditional links and kinship with the United Kingdom’? Or with the signing of the ANZUS Treaty in 1951? Or is the safest thing to stick with the election of the Whitlam government in 1972?

John Hirst reviews 'Australia and the British Embrace: The demise of the imperial ideal' by Stuart Ward

Australia and the British Embrace: The demise of the imperial ideal

by Stuart Ward

MUP, $49.95 hb, 315 pp

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