Menzies' Asia policy and the anachronistic fallacy

Jones, David Martin and Benvenuti, Andrea (2012) Menzies' Asia policy and the anachronistic fallacy. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 66 2: 206-222. doi:10.1080/10357718.2011.646484


Author Jones, David Martin
Benvenuti, Andrea
Title Menzies' Asia policy and the anachronistic fallacy
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7718
1465-332X
Publication date 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357718.2011.646484
Open Access Status
Volume 66
Issue 2
Start page 206
End page 222
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
3320 Political Science and International Relations
Abstract A powerful orthodoxy exists in the academic literature devoted to the history of Australia's post-1945 international relations. It maintains that suspicion and condescension permeated the attitude of the Menzies government (1949-66) towards Asia. Accordingly, Menzies' regional policies not only prevented Australia from engaging meaningfully with its Asian neighbours, but they also ended up antagonising them. This article critiques this view and instead contends that the assumptions that inform the contemporary construction of Menzies' regional policy are overdetermined by an anachronistic disregard for the diplomatic dynamics, political challenges and economic realities of cold war Asia.
Keyword Anachronism and orthodoxy in contemporary scholarship
Australia and its region after 1949
Menzies' foreign policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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