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The Menzies Government and the grand alliance during 1939

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posted on 2010-12-01, 00:00 authored by Christopher WatersChristopher Waters
This article is a study of the Australian government's exchanges with the Chamberlain government over the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to negotiate a Grand Alliance between the United Kingdom, France and the Soviet Union during 1939. Robert Menzies and Stanley Bruce carefully weighed the arguments for and against before deciding to support the proposal for an Alliance. Yet there was considerable ambivalence about their support as evidenced by Bruce's panicky response to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In its own very small and distant way the Menzies government contributed to the inertia that marked the British Empire's failure to secure a Grand Alliance in 1939.

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Journal

Australian journal of politics and history

Volume

56

Issue

4

Pagination

560 - 573

Publisher

Blackwell Publishing

Location

London, England

ISSN

0004-9522

eISSN

1467-8497

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, The Author

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