KASHINA E.V. The Commonwealth of Australia: Development of Foreign Policy in the 1920s

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.2.13

Evgeniya V. Kashina

Postgraduate Student, Department of World History,

Pacific National University,

Tikhookeanskaya St., 136, 680035 Khabarovsk, Russian Federation

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Abstract. The paper is devoted to the making of Australian foreign policy course in the third decade of the twentieth century. The author analyzes the degree of Australia’s foreign policy dependence on Great Britain and explores the reasons for Australia’s desire for diplomatic independence. The decisions of the Imperial conferences and the position of the Australian politicians on this issue are shown. The urgency of research is determined by the need to reveal the degree of independence in making foreign policy by the Australian government from the will of Great Britain in the 1920s. In the postwar period, there is a rapid growth of the national self-awareness of Australians. Since the post-war conferences, representatives of the Australian Union have increasingly come up with the requirements of “equality of dominions” and the right of an individual voice in dealing with foreign policy issues. Analysis of the Australian foreign policy shows the formation of an independent foreign policy line, which developed under conditions of gradual liberation from British influence. The specifics of this process make it possible to identify ways for the development of Australian diplomacy both in the region and within the British Commonwealth, as well as in the world area.

Key words: foreign policy of Australia, Australian Commonwealth, The British Empire, dominion, mother country (metropole), Asian-Pacific region, Imperial conferences.

Citation. Kashina E.V. The Commonwealth of Australia: Development of Foreign Policy in the 1920s. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4, Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2018, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 157-165. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.2.13.

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