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Accommodating Asia: The View from Australia

  • Robert Ayson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)

Abstract

In 1967 Canberra was a fast-growing but still small city of 100,000 people. The bush-lined suburb of Aranda where Hedley, Mary and their children would make their new Australian home had just been established as the first suburban outpost beyond the capital city’s inner north area which accommodated many of the nation’s civil servants. The contrast with an inner London of over three million inhabitants and many centuries of established human settlement must not have been starker. The thirty-four year-old official and scholar explained to his parents that over a lunch in London the British Opposition Leader Edward Heath ‘had heard I was going to Canberra and he said he had heard it was “ghastly”’.1 In another letter sent to his parents while travelling between Eastern Europe and the United States, Bull explained that ‘Most people when I tell them that I am going to Australia look at me as if I was going into a monastery’.2 There was a palpable sense of foregone opportunities which he would also endure when he eventually came to leave the ANU: ‘I shall miss being out of the North Atlantic swim. Also a Fellowship at All Souls College at Oxford has come up tailored for me and I shall have to let it go’.3

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Foreign Policy Nuclear Weapon Great Power Australian Government International Order 
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Notes

  1. 32.
    Hedley Bull, ‘A View From Abroad: Consistency Under Pressure’, Foreign Affairs, 57: 3, 1978, p. 446.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Civilian Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?’, in Loukas Tsoukalis (ed.) The European Community: Past, Present and Future, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1983, p. 150.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Indian Ocean and Pacific Strategy in the Wake of Britain’s Withdrawal’, in E.A. Gullion (ed.) Uses of the Seas, New York: The American Assembly, Columbia University, 1968, p. 128.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘The New Balance of Power in Asia and the Pacific’, Foreign Affairs, 49: 4, July 1971, p. 671.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Australia and the Great Powers in Asia’, in Gordon Greenwood and Norman Harper (eds) Australia in World Affairs 1966–1970, Melbourne: Cheshire for Australian Institute of International Affairs, 1974, p. 329.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Coming Up: Something New in Australia’s Relations with America’, The Bulletin, 27 December 1969, p. 46.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘Options for Australia’, in Gordon McCarthy (ed.) Foreign Policy for Australia: Choices for the Seventies, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1973, p. 138.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘The Defence of Australia to the 1980s: The Problem’, United Service, 26: 2, October 1972, p. 7.Google Scholar

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© Robert Ayson 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ayson
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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