Loosening the Bonds - Britain, Australia and the Second World War
'A painful lesson in international politics' - Anglo-Australian relations in the Second World War revealed the rhetoric of Empire not matched by a British commitment to Australia's defence.
It is rather ironic that as Australia commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of its settlement as a British colony the external links of that transplanted society now reach out more to the United States than to Britain. The origins of this dramatic switch in national allegiance can be traced back to the climactic events of the Second World War.
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