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Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001

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Security: Defending Australia’s Empire

Security: Defending Australia’s Empire

(p.232) 10 Security: Defending Australia’s Empire
Australia’s Empire

Stuart Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that defence was the most indispensable instrument of the British Empire in colonizing Australia. It explains that securing Australian colonies against perceived threats was crucial to the viability and credibility of colonization given the survivalist nature of the colonial political culture in Europe since the 1850s. It contends that it was the very distinctiveness of the evolving Australian conception of Empire that contributed ultimately to its dissolution.

Keywords:   defence, British Empire, Australia, colonization, political culture, Europe

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