Epilogue: After Empire

Deryck M. Schreuder*, Stuart Ward

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Australia's Empire and its collapse. The findings reveal that Australia was not significantly affected by the imperial decline in the 1940s and the 1950s, and the eventual decolonization starting in the early 1960s. It argues that there are a number of compelling reasons why the British Empire, which had been so fundamental to the Australian outlook, could be eclipsed within a short period of time without so much as a public demonstration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia's Empire
EditorsDeryck M. Schreuder, Stuart Ward
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780191701894
ISBN (Print)9780199563739, 019956373X
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • British empire
  • Colonial history
  • Decolonization
  • Imperial decline


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