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Title: 'British to the Bootstrap?': H.V. Evatt, J.B. Chifley and Australian Policy on Indian Membership of the Commonwealth, 1947-49
Contributor(s): Bongiorno, Francis Robert (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1080/10314610508682909
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/1261
Abstract: Australian policy-makers gave considerable attention to the question of India's relationship to the British Commonwealth in the years following the Second World War. Australia's Minister for External Affairs, H.V. Evatt, was eager to retain India in the Commonwealth, but insisted that the Indians, who were committed to a republican constitution, be required to give some recognition to the royal prerogative. While Evatt's notion of dominion status was consistent with the aspirations and national identities of some of the old dominions, and Australia in particular, it was ill-suited to the 'new' Asian members of the Commonwealth in a period of rapid decolonisation in their region. Ultimately, it was only after Australian Prime Minister J.B. Chifley took control of Australia's policy in this field, and adopted a more flexible and less legalistic approach, that a resolution of the difficulty began to emerge. Ultimately, Australian policy contributed to a recasting of the commonwealth in the late I940s that can be seen as an effort to extend the life of British Australia.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Historical Studies, 37(125), p. 18-39
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1031-461X
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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