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Early Cold War opposition to US bases in Australia: peace, independence, and the challenge of security


Harvey, K, Early Cold War opposition to US bases in Australia: peace, independence, and the challenge of security, History Australia, 14, (2) pp. 266-284. ISSN 1449-0854 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14490854.2017.1319738


Examining voices from Australia’s radical left, this article explores how opposition to the United States’ military and economic presence in Australia was expressed from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. Responding to Australia’s security and trade relationships with the United States, critics such as the Communist Party of Australia and its associated peace organisations alleged that a US alliance would compromise Australian security in a nuclear-armed world. By looking at the variety of ideas espoused by Australians who questioned the security of a ‘peace’ offered by Australia’s most powerful ally, this paper argues that this evolving language of dissent demonstrates deeper currents of anxiety about Australia’s place in the Cold War world.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, communism, Australia, military bases, sovereignty, cold war, radical left, nuclear weapons
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
UTAS Author:Harvey, K (Dr Kyle Harvey)
ID Code:127429
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-07-27
Last Modified:2018-08-22

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