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Australias Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s Stuart Macintyre

Australias Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s

Stuart Macintyre

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ISBN : 9781742231129
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600 pages
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In this landmark book, Stuart Macintyre explains how a country traumatized by World War I, hammered by the Depression and overstretched by World War II became a prosperous, successful and growing society by the 1950s. An extraordinary group ofMoreIn this landmark book, Stuart Macintyre explains how a country traumatized by World War I, hammered by the Depression and overstretched by World War II became a prosperous, successful and growing society by the 1950s. An extraordinary group of individuals, notably John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Nugget Coombs, John Dedman and Robert Menzies, remade the country, planning its reconstruction against a background of wartime sacrifice and austerity. This book shows the 1940s to be a pivotal decade in Australia. At the height of his powers, Macintyre reminds us that key components of the society we take for granted – work, welfare, health, education, immigration, housing – are not the result of military endeavor but policy, planning, politics and popular resolve.