Australia's Bid For The Atomic Bomb

Australia's Bid For The Atomic Bomb

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This very important work is a fundamental rewriting of Australian history from 1943 to 1968. It argues that after World War II, Australian defence policy was premised on Joint nuclear weapons development with the United Kingdom; and that while this endeavour failed, it shaped domestic and foreign policy until the end of the 1950s. Nuclear weapons have traditionally been seen as American and British concerns, and various official histories have held that the development of rockets and atomic weapon testing were essentially British exercises. But author Wayne Reynolds reveals an entirely new perspective on Australia's role in these events. Australia's Bid for the Atomic Bomb examines the implications of this for major social, political and security issues and developments in Austalia's recent history. This work will arouse considerable media interest, and will appeal to anyone interested in Australia's political and military history.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.4 x 22.9mm | 408.24g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522849148
  • 9780522849141
  • 2,092,509

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"An 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." --"Australian Historical Studies"show more

About Wayne Reynolds

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.show more

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