Old and New Fears of Invasion in the South West Pacific: Australia and Vanuatu

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December 23, 2019

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OREMA, « Old and New Fears of Invasion in the South West Pacific: Australia and Vanuatu », OREMA, ID : 10670/1.1p6l4m


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Elizabeth Rechniewski, The University of Sydney Part 1. Australia ‘steps up’ in the Pacific From the middle of the nineteenth century on, the issue of control of the islands of the South West Pacific was a constant preoccupation of the Australian political class, and intermittently of the press and public too: the British colonies feared ‘encirclement’ by hostile foreign powers who might use the islands as a staging post for invasion. These security concerns found expression in the ‘Russophob...

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