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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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Epilogue: After Empire

Epilogue: After Empire

(p.388) (p.389) Epilogue: After Empire
Australia’s Empire

Deryck M. Schreuder

Stuart Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Australia’s Empire and its collapse. The findings reveal that Australia was not significantly affected by the imperial decline in the 1940s and the 1950s, and the eventual decolonization starting in the early 1960s. It argues that there are a number of compelling reasons why the British Empire, which had been so fundamental to the Australian outlook, could be eclipsed within a short period of time without so much as a public demonstration.

Keywords:   Australia, British Empire, imperial decline, decolonization, colonial history

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