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HIST2015 Reading List

Australia and the World, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Alexia Moncrieff
a.moncrieff@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: Introduction

David Lowe, ‘Security’ in Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (eds), The Cambridge History of Australia vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp, 494-517.

Carl Bridge, ‘Australia, Britain and the British Commonweatlh’ in Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (eds), The Cambridge History of Australia vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp, 518-36.

Tomoko Akami and Anthony Milne, ‘Australia in the Asia-Pacific Region’ in Alison Bashford and Stuart Macintyre (eds), The Cambridge History of Australia vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp, 537-60.

Week 2: Early Anxieties

Peter Cochrane, Best We Forget: The War for White Australia, 1914-1918 (Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2018). Chapter 5 – ‘The Perfect Storm’, pp. 85-107 + endnotes, pp. 242-6.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Neville Meaney, The Search for Security in the Pacific 1901-1914: A History of Australian Defence and Foreign Policy 1901-23 vol. 1, (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2009). Chapter – ‘“The Commonwealth Crisis”: ‘The Perception of an Asian Threat and the Emergence of a National Policy, 1905-7’.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

David Walker, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia 1850-1939 (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1999). Chapter 9 - 'Beware the Empty North' + notes.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Week 3: The First World War & the Paris Peace Conference

Douglas E. Delaney, The Imperial Army Project: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1902-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). Chapter 3 – ‘Growing, Controlling, and Fighting Imperial Armies, 1914-1918’    

Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds, Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men’s Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). Chapter 12 – ‘Racial Equality? The Paris Peace Conference’.

Robert Stevenson, The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War: The War with Germany, vol. 3 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). Chapter 1 – ‘Whose War?’, pp. 11-28 + endnotes pp. 234-9.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Week 4: The Second World War

Honae H. Cuffe, ‘“a carefully weighed plan with adequate safeguards for us”: Economic Policy and the Coordination of Australian-US Approaches to Japanese Aggression, 1939–41’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 66, (2020), pp. 200-13.

Agnieszka Sobocinska, ‘Overturning the Point: Exploring Change in Australian Foreign Relations’, History Compass 12 (2014), pp. 642-50

Christopher Waters, Australia and Appeasement: Imperial Foreign Policy and the Origins of World War II (London: I.B. Taurus, 2011). Chapter 6 – ‘Back from the Brink of War: The Australian Intervention’.    

Week 5: Post-War Period

Honae Cuffe, The Genesis of a Policy: Defining and Defending Australia’s National Interest in the Asia-Pacific, 1921-57 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2021). Chapter 6 – ‘The New Order: Australia’s Perspective on Commonwealth Engagement with South-East Asia and the South Pacific, 1946-50’ + endnotes.    

David McLean, ‘From British Colony to America Satellite? Australia and the USA during the Cold War’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 52 (2006), pp.

Stuart Ward, Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001). Chapter 1 – ‘Sentiment and Self-Interest: Australia’s Post-War Ties to Britain’, pp. 13-40 + endnotes pp. 266-8.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Week 6: Cold War and Decolonisation in Asia

Dan Halvorson, Commonwealth Responsibility and Cold War Solidarity: Australia in Asia, 1944-74 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2019). Chapter 3 – ‘Decolonisation and Commonwealth Responsibility’.    

Alexander Lee, ‘The Portuguese Empire: Australia’s Forward Defence from 1961-1972’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 67 (2021), pp. 32-49.

David Walker, Stranded Nation: White Australia in an Asian Region (Perth: UWA Press, 2019). Chapter 7 – ‘Ganging Up in Bandung’ + endnotes    

Week 7: Foreign Aid

Nicholas Ferns, Australia in the Age of International Development, 1945-75 (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Chapter - ‘“We should be doing more than we are”: The Colombo Plan, Papua New Guinea and the Australian External Aid Review, 1957-65’ pp. 139-66.    

Teesta Prakash, ‘Strategic Reassessments: Aid and Bureaucracy in Australia-India Relations 1951-1970’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 67 (2021), pp. 2-15.

Pierre van der Eng, ‘“Send them a shipload of rice”: Australia’s Food Aid to Indonesia, 1960s-1970s’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 67 (2021), pp 50-66.

Week 8: Engagement with Asia

Ann Capling, ‘Twenty Years of Australia’s Engagement with Asia’, The Pacific Review 21 (2008), pp. 601-22.

Agnieszka Sobocinska,‘Visiting the Neighbours: The Political Meanings of Australian Travel to Cold War Asia’, Australian Historical Studies, 44 (2013), pp. 382–404.

Hugh White, ‘Power Shift: Rethinking Australia’s Place in the Asian Century’, Australian Journal of International Affairs 65 (2011), pp 81-93.

Week 9: The Good International Citizen

Gabbriele Abbondanza, ‘Australia the “good international citizen”? The Limits of a Traditional Middle Power’, Australian Journal of International Affairs 75 (2021), pp. 178-96

Lisa Barrit-Eyles, ‘Collective Security and a New World Order: Justifying Australia’s Participation in the Persian Gulf Crisis, 1990-91’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 66 (2020), pp. 522-41.

David Horner and John Connor, The Good International Citizen: Australian Peacekeeping in Asia, Africa and Europe, 1991-1993. The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations, volume 3, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).  Chapter 1 – ‘Peacekeeping after the Gulf War: Australian Defence Policy, 1991’.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Week 10: Essay Writing

See material in Minerva

Week 11: Drawing Conclusions: What is the role of a middle power in international history?

Mark Beeson, ‘Can Australia Save the World? The Limits and Possibilities of Middle Power Diplomacy’, Australian Journal of International Affairs 65 (2011), pp. 309-27.

David Reynolds, ‘Empire, Region, World: The International Context of Australian Foreign Policy since 1939’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 51 (2005), pp. 346-58.

Carl Ungerer, ‘The “Middle Power” Concept in Australian Foreign Policy’, Australian Journal of Politics and History 53 (2007), pp. 538-51.

Further Reading

Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr and Anthony J. Langlois (eds), Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Ruth Balint, aTroubled Waters: Borders, Boundaries and Possession in the Timor Sea (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2005)

Joan Beaumont, Christopher Waters, David Lowe and Garry Woodard (eds),  Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making, 1941–1969 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2003)  

Andrea Benvenuti, Cold War and Decolonisation: Australia’s Policy towards Britain’s End of Empire in Southeast Asia (Singapore: NUS Press, 2017)

Andrea Benvenuti, Anglo-Australian Relations and the “turn to Europe”, 1961-1972 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2008)

Frank Bongiorno, The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2015)

Carl Bridge, ‘Other People’s Wars? Some Thoughts on Australia’s Military Involvements in the Twentieth Century’, Australian Cultural History 28 (2010), pp. 253-61 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 16/02/2022) 

Carl Bridge, Frank Bongiorno and David Lee (eds), The High Commissioners: Australia’s Representatives in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010 (Canberra: WHH Publishing, 2010)

Alison Broinowski, Double Vision: Asian Accounts of Australia (Canberra: ANU Press, 2011)

Anthony Burke, Fear of Security: Australia’s Invasion Anxiety (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Y. Claremont, Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basin Reconciliation: Wounds, Scars, and Healing (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018)

David Connery, Crisis Policymaking: Australia and the East Timor Crisis of 1999 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2010)

Martin Crotty and David Andrew Roberts (eds), Turning Points in Australian History (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2009)

James Curran, Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2015)

James Curran, Curtin’s Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

James Curran, The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2006)   

James Curran and Stuart Ward, The Unknown Nation: Australia after Empire (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2010)

Nicholas Ferns, Australia in the Age of International Development, 1945-1975 (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

David Fettling, ‘An Australian Response to Asian Decolonisation: Jawaharlal Nehru, John Burton and the New Delhi Conference of Non-Western Nations’, Australian Historical Studies 45 (2014), pp. 202-19

Frank Frost, Engaging the Neighbours: Australia and ASEAN since 1974 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2016)

Sam Furphy (ed.), The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the 1940s-1970s (Canberra: ANU Press, 2014)

David Goldsworthy (ed.), Facing North: A Century of Australian Engagement with Asia. Volume 1, 1901-the 1970s (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012)  

David Goldsworthy and Peter Edwards (eds), Facing North: A Century of Australian Engagement with Asia. Volume 2 -  1970s to 2000 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012)

David Goldsworthy, Losing the Blanket: Australia and the End of Britain’s Empire (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002)

Alan Gyngell, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942 (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2017)

Dan Halvorson, Commonwealth Responsibility and Cold War Solidarity: Australia in Asia, 1944-74 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2019)

Jenny Hocking, The Palace Letters: The Queen, the Governor-General, and the Plot to Dismiss Gough Whitlam (Melbourne: Scribe, 2020)

Jenny Hocking (ed.), Making Modern Australia: The Whitlam Government’s 21st-Century Agenda (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2017)

Jenny Hocking, The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know about November 1975 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing, 2017)

Donald Horne, The Lucky Country (London: Penguin, 2005)

Ronald Huisken and Meredith Thatcher, History as Policy: Framing the Debate on the future of Australia’s Defence Policy (Canberra: ANU Press, 2007)

Benjamin T. Jones, This Time: Australia’s Republican Past and Future (Melbourne: Red Back, 2018)

Benjamin T. Jones and Mark McKenna (eds), Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2013)

Andrew Kelly, ANZUS and the Early Cold War: Strategy and Diplomacy between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, 1945-1956 (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2018)

Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds, Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men’s CountrIes and the International Challenge of Racial Equality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

David Lee, Australia and the World in the Twentieth Century: International Relations Since Federation (Melbourne: Circa, 2006)  

Peter Londey, Other People’s Wars: A History of Australian Peacekeeping (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2004)

David Lowe, Menzies and the “Great World Struggle”: Australia’s Cold War 1948-1954 (Sydney: UNSW Press, 1999)

David Lowe, David Lee and Carl Bridge (eds), Australia Goes to Washington: 75 Years of Australian Representation in the United States, 1940-2015 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2016)

Robert Manne, The Petrov Affair: Politics and Espionage (Sydney: Pergamon, 1987)

Alexander Massov, Marina Pollard and Kevin Windle, A New Rival State? Australia in Tsarist Diplomatic Communications (Canberra: ANU Press, 2018)

Neville Meaney, The Search for Security in the Pacific 1901-1914: A History of Australian Defence and Foreign Policy 1901-23 vol. 1, (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2009)   

Neville Meaney, Australia and World Crisis, 1914-1923: A History of Australian Defence and Foreign Policy 1901-23 vol. 2, (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2009)

Tristan Moss and Tom Richardson (eds), Beyond Combat: Australian Military Activity Away from the Battlefield (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2018)

Daniel Oakman, Facing Asia: A History of the Colombo Plan (Canberra: ANU EPress, 2010)

Erik Paul, Australian Imperialism: The Geopolitical State (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)

Erik Paul, Australia in the Expanding Global Crisis: The Geopolitics of Racism (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan (eds), Australia and China at 40 (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2012)

Wayne Reynolds, Australia’s Bid for the Atomic Bomb (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2000)

Richard Robison, Pathways to Asia: The Politics of Engagement (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1996)

Adham Saouli, Unfulfilled Aspirations: Middle Power Politics in the Middle East (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)

Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward, Australia’s Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

William Sima, China & ANU: Diplomats, Adventurers, Scholars (Canberra: ANU Press, 2016)

Agnieszka Sobocinska, Saving the World: Western Volunteers and the Rise of the Humanitarian-Development Complex (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Agnieszka Sobocinska, Visiting the Neighbours: Australians in Asia (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2014)

Agnieszka Sobocinska and David Walker (eds), Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century (Perth: UWA Publishing, 2012)

Ceridwen Spark, Seumas Spark, Christina Twomey (eds), Australians in Papua New Guinea 1960-1975 (Brisbane: UQ Press, 2014)

Arthur Stockwin and Keiko Tamura, Bridging Australia and Japan: The Writings of David Sissons, Historian and Political Scientist, vol. 1 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2016)

David Walker, Stranded Nation: White Australia in an Asian Region (Perth: UWA Press, 2019)

David Walker, ‘Nervous Outsiders: Australian and the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung’, Australian Historical Studies 36 (2005), pp. 40-59.

David Walker, Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia 1850-1939 (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1999)

Joanne Wallis, Pacific Power? Australia’s Strategy in the Pacific Islands (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2017)

Stéfanie von Hlatky, American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Stuart Ward, Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001)

Stuart Ward and James Curran (eds), Australia and the Wider World: Selected Essays of Neville Meaney (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2013)

Michael Wesley, There Goes the Neighborhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2011)

The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations, 6 volumes, Cambridge University Press

This list was last updated on 10/01/2022