Australia goes to Washington

Australia goes to Washington

75 years of Australian representation in the United States, 1940–2015

Edited by: David Lowe orcid, David Lee, Carl Bridge

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Since 1940, when an Australian legation was established in Washington DC, Australian governments have expected much from their representatives in the American capital. This book brings together expert analyses of those who have served as heads of mission and of the challenges they have faced. Ranging beyond conventional studies of the Australian–United States relationship, it provides insights into the dynamics between Australian and US policymakers and into the culture of one of Australia’s oldest and most important overseas missions. It provides an appreciation of the importance of the embassy and the head of mission in Washington in mediating the relationship between Australia and the United States and of their role in managing expectations in Canberra and Washington. Australia Goes to Washington also sheds new light on personal trials and achievements at the coalface of Australian–United States relations.


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Dec 2016
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: History; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies
Australia; North America: United States

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  1. The Australian embassy in Washington (PDF, 0.1MB)David Lowe, David Lee and Carl Bridge doi
  2. Allies of a kind: Three wartime Australian ministers to the United States, 1940–46 (PDF, 0.2MB)Carl Bridge doi
  3. Norman Makin and postwar diplomacy, 1946–51 (PDF, 0.1MB)Frank Bongiorno doi
  4. Percy Spender and Club America in the 1950s (PDF, 0.2MB)David Lowe doi
  5. ‘Mr Necessity’: Sir Howard Beale, 1958–64 (PDF, 0.2MB) – Matthew Jordan doi
  6. Official influence in the making of foreign policy: The Washington Study Group on the South Pacific, 1962 (PDF, 0.1MB)Christopher Waters doi
  7. The Ambassador during the Vietnam War: Keith Waller, 1964–70 (PDF, 0.2MB)Peter Edwards doi
  8. ‘A precious vase’: Sir James Plimsoll (PDF, 0.2MB)Jeremy Hearder doi
  9. The career diplomats: Sir Patrick Shaw, Alan Renouf and Sir Nicholas Parkinson, 1974–82 (PDF, 0.2MB)David Lee doi
  10. Australia’s ambassadors in Washington, 1982–89 (PDF, 0.2MB)David Lee doi
  11. Diplomacy in the 1990s: Issues for the Washington embassy (PDF, 0.2MB)James Cotton doi
  12. Reflections: From 1940 to the post-9/11 world (PDF, 0.2MB)Kim Beazley doi

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