A National Asset

A National Asset

50 Years of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Edited by: Desmond Ball, Andrew Carr

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This volume commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC). The Centre is Australia’s largest body of scholars dedicated to the analysis of the use of armed force in its political context and one of the earliest generation of post-World War II research institutions on strategic affairs. The book features chapters replete with stories of university politics, internal SDSC activities, cooperation among people with different social and political values, and conflicts between others, as well as the Centre’s public achievements. It also details the evolution of strategic studies in Australia and the contribution of academia and defence intellectuals to national defence policy.


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Aug 2016
ANU Press
Social Sciences: Education & Training, Military & Defence Studies, Politics & International Studies

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  1. Strategic Thought and Security Preoccupations in Australia (PDF, 0.1MB)Coral Bell doi
  2. Strategic Studies in a Changing World (PDF, 0.1MB)T.B. Millar doi
    1. Strategic Studies in Australia (PDF, 0.1MB)J.D.B. Miller doi
    2. From Childhood to Maturity: The SDSC, 1972–82 (PDF, 0.1MB)Robert O’Neill doi
    3. Reflections on the SDSC’s Middle Decades (PDF, 0.1MB)Desmond Ball doi
    1. SDSC in the Nineties: A Difficult Transition (PDF, 0.2MB)Paul Dibb doi
    2. Researching History at SDSC (PDF, 0.1MB)David Horner doi
    3. Same Questions, Different Organisation: SDSC’s Fifth Decade (PDF, 0.1MB)Hugh White doi
    1. SDSC at 50: Towards a New Golden Age (PDF, 0.1MB)Brendan Taylor doi

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