Nervous outsiders : Australia and the 1955 Asia-Africa conference in Bandung

Walker, David 2005, Nervous outsiders : Australia and the 1955 Asia-Africa conference in Bandung, Australian historical studies, vol. 36, no. 125, pp. 40-58.

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Title Nervous outsiders : Australia and the 1955 Asia-Africa conference in Bandung
Author(s) Walker, David
Journal name Australian historical studies
Volume number 36
Issue number 125
Start page 40
End page 58
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005-04
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Summary In 1955 29 Asian, African and Middle Eastern nations gathered in Bandung. Indonesia, to discuss a range of issues including colonialism, racialism, economic development, war and peace. India's Prime Minister. Jawaharlal Nehru, was one of the key figures at the conference, but the Chinese Prime Minister, Chou En-lai. was the primary focus of world attention and media interest. The conference raised awkward questions for the Australian government. It highlighted the point that Australia was geographically part of Asia and had a vital interest in the region, but the fact that Australia had not been invited to attend the conference emphasised its status as a nation apart, racially and culturally. The Bandung conference provides an ideal opportunity to examine thinking about Australia's place in Asia as key figures in the Department of External Affairs. journalists and Asianist intellectuals debated whether or not Australia should attend.
Language eng
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003409

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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