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War on peace: Menzies, the Cold War and the 1953 convention on peace and war

Deery, Phillip (2003) War on peace: Menzies, the Cold War and the 1953 convention on peace and war. Australian historical studies, 34 (122). pp. 248-269. ISSN 1031-461X

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Abstract

In the early 1950s the imminence and inevitability of a third world war was widely accepted. America had lost its atomic monopoly, Russia promoted itself as the defender of world peace against the war-mongering West and Korea had turned the Cold War hot. In Australia, the Menzies government prepared the country for combat while the fledgling peace movement mobilised public opinion against war. This article will examine the contrasting reactions of both government and peace movement to the threat of war through the prism of the 1953 Convention on War and Peace, an event that has been overlooked by historians. The article will also analyse and evaluate Menzies' political assault on the Convention: the context, the rationale and the consequences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID6464. cold war, Sir Robert Menzies, the 1953 Australian convention on peace and war, history, politics and government
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
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Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2013 23:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/570
DOI: 10.1080/10314610308596254
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