The dark shadow of white Australia: Racial anxieties in Australia in World War II

Saunders K. (1994) The dark shadow of white Australia: Racial anxieties in Australia in World War II. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 17 2: 325-341. doi:10.1080/01419870.1994.9993827


Author Saunders K.
Title The dark shadow of white Australia: Racial anxieties in Australia in World War II
Journal name Ethnic and Racial Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-4356
Publication date 1994-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01419870.1994.9993827
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 325
End page 341
Total pages 17
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
3314 Anthropology
3316 Cultural Studies
Abstract Although World War II was perceived as a race war, historical attention has almost exclusively been focused upon the Axis powers‘ racial conceptualizations. Little scholarly research has been directed towards investigating the Allies’ internal racial attitudes and policies. Building upon long-standing formulations that emerged from the process of colonial conquest, the rhetoric of racism in Australia was recast and expanded in order to address the unprecedented crisis of the war in the Pacific. Aboriginal people were thus portrayed as potential collaborators who would aid the invading Japanese; enemy aliens, most particularly the Italians, the Japanese and the Germans become sinister fifth columnists. Lastly, the introduction of large numbers of black GIs among the American forces challenged notions of racial and sexual purity. Australians were ultimately fighting to preserve a white Britishderived nation. The ‘race war’ on the Pacific frontline intensified racial awareness and allowed hysterical overreaction that had tragic consequences for its victims.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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