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March 2024
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The Australia in World Affairs series commenced in 1950 and provides a continuous, researched scholarly account of Australia's foreign policy. The first volume, Australia in World Affairs 1950–1955, uses the war in Korea as its starting point. Prior to the second world war, Australian security had rested upon geographical isolation, a favourable situation in Asia and the undeniable strength of Great Britain. The war deeply disturbed accepted ways of thinking about Australian security and, at least for a time, put an end to complacency. After the war, there was an increase in American influence across all levels of Australian society. This change transformed Australia's international situation, bringing a regard for American leadership in world affairs and a new emphasis on Asia and the Pacific, alongside the traditional relationship with the United Kingdom.

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