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The Resource John Curtin's war, Volume 1, John Edwards

John Curtin's war, Volume 1, John Edwards

Label
John Curtin's war, Volume 1
Title
John Curtin's war
Title number
Volume 1
Statement of responsibility
John Edwards
Title variation
John Curtins war
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
John Curtin became Australia's Prime Minister eight weeks before Japan launched war in the Pacific. Curtin's struggle for power against Joe Lyons and Bob Menzies, his dramatic use of it when he took office in October 1941, and his determination to be heard in Washington and London as Japan advanced, is a political epic unmatched in Australian experience. As Japan sank much of the Allied navy, advanced on the great British naval base at Singapore, and seized Australian territories in New Guinea, Curtin remade Australia. Using much new material John Edwards' vivid, landmark biography places Curtin as a man of his times, puzzling through the immense changes in Australia and its region released by the mighty shock of the Pacific War. It shows Curtin not as a hero and certainly not as a villain but as the pivotal figure making his uncertain way between what Australia was, and what it would become. It locates the turning point in Australian history not at Gallipoli or the Western Front or even Federation but in the Pacific War and in Curtin's Prime Ministership. This two volume work is a major contribution to Australian biography, and to how we understand our history. In this first part, Edwards takes Curtin's story from the late nineteenth century socialist ferment in Melbourne through to his appointment as prime minister and a Japanese onslaught so complete and successful that within a few months of launching it military leaders in Tokyo debated between the options of invading Australia, or sealing it off from Allied help
Summary
John Curtin was Robert Menzies' great rival, taking over from him as Prime Minister at the start of the war with arguably a greater political legacy. Curtin, who died in office, is one of our more intriguing Prime Ministers. A slightly timid socialist boozer with a wall-eye, from WA to boot, he was the utter opposite of Menzies. Yet this quiet man made our nation into modern Australia. We think of Australia as being made in WW1, at Gallipoli, but in this landmark work of history, John Edwards shows that the Depression and WW2 were the central events to the creation of our nation. The Depression taught Curtin and the nation how cruelly Britain's bankers could treat its colonies, and how great the consequent suffering. Inspired, we became the world's greatest social democratic country. WW2 (covered in volume two) taught us that we couldn't rely on Britain for military support either, but that America might be our new best friend.
Award
Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, 2018.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10642673
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Edwards, John
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Curtin, John
  • Australian Labor Party
  • Prime ministers
  • Politicians
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
Label
John Curtin's war, Volume 1, John Edwards
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Viking an imprint of Penguin Books
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059948047
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 538 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670073474
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)987581369
Label
John Curtin's war, Volume 1, John Edwards
Publication
Copyright
Note
Viking an imprint of Penguin Books
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059948047
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 538 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670073474
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)987581369

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