Australians assembling

Lowe, David 2013, Australians assembling, History Australia, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 65-76.

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Title Australians assembling
Author(s) Lowe, David
Journal name History Australia
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 65
End page 76
Total pages 12
Publisher Monash University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1449-0854
1833-4881
Keyword(s) Australia
history
United Nations
Spender
Latin America
Summary Some of the more innovative examples of recent international history writing address the growth of international and regional communities that emerged through the regular meetings of diplomats and bureaucrats. The trend towards multinational assembling grew particularly from the 1930s, as did diplomatic travel with the greater use of aircraft after the Second World War. This paper considers the role of Australian diplomats amongst others overseas. It focuses on the case of Percy Spender, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States in the 1950s, in the context of overlapping worlds: the British world in an era of decolonisation; the insistent internationalism of the United Nations; and the world of Cold War logic. The author suggests that, amidst debates about Britishness, nationalism and transnationalism, the story of Spender in Washington and Latin America highlights why life stories and social histories remain important for debates about Australia and Australians in the world.
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Monash University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059515

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Alfred Deakin Research Institute
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