Britain's atomic oval: The vassalage of Australian governments in the 1950s and 1960s

Tynan, Elizabeth (2022) Britain's atomic oval: The vassalage of Australian governments in the 1950s and 1960s. Australian Book Review, 443.

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During the era of British atomic tests in Australia, the Australian government behaved with undue deference to the British government in granting approval for atomic tests of considerable risk to Australians without adequate safeguards. This commentary explores some of the reasons for the willingness of the Menzies government to provide territory on which to test atomic weapons.

Research Statement

Research Background I was approached to write this piece because of my expertise in the history of atomic weapons testing in Australia.
Research Contribution The overall contribution of my research is to better understanding the history of British atomic weapons tests in Australia. This article is one manifestation of the contribution I have been able to make.
Research Significance The article is intended to be a thought-provoking comment on the historical meaning of the atomic tests in Australia.
Item ID: 74364
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 0155-2864
Keywords: nuclear colonialism, Maralinga, Australian history, atomic weaponry
Copyright Information: Copyright is held by the publication Australian Book Review
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 05:17
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology @ 100%
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