John Apter

Research Fellow

Thesis Title

Rethinking the Australian Dilemma: Economics and Foreign Policy, 1942-1957.



This thesis rejects the current consensus that British Australia continued to the 1960s. It demonstrates how, between 1942 and 1957, Australian governments shifted towards primary reliance on America. These Australian actions were especially pronounced in the largely overlooked economic sphere. Australia’s understanding of its self-interest outweighed its sense of Britishness.

Recipient of the Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Theses 2020