Original yr of publication: 1979
Three forces—dwindling British energy, emerging American effect, and nationalism in a number of forms—have remodeled Australia, New Zealand, and the adjoining islands due to the fact that 1919. during this quantity, one of the most special students of the Pacific area determine those major ancient changes.
These essays take care of diplomacy, politics, altering social constructions, and literature considering the fact that global battle I. the subjects of the amount as a complete are social and humanistic; they predicament the evolution of either a nearby identification and separate nationwide identities within the Southwest Pacific. the original areal and thematic focus of this ebook makes it crucial interpreting for all these drawn to the historical past, politics, and tradition of the Pacific.
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76 Maritime enterprise could only develop when assisted by centralized resources such as the feudal structure of society never possessed. . The greatness of England was due more than is commonly suspected to the rough balance preserved between the revived class conservatism nursing tradition at home and daring individualism finding its opportunity overseas . . 78 He was no enthusiast, and displayed a tragic approach to politics: ‘Against no life doth the force of vice oppose herself and make so strong a preparation as against the life of a statesman.
Independence] had already been secured before the persecution was at its worst. Their ill treatment was merely due to an unrestrained mob hysteria, common enough in all countries in times of war and of civil strife, which displayed its savage vindictiveness against the shattered survivors of the Tory party, blamed for having helped the English prolong the struggle and the vivid remembrance of whose former power mistakenly still seemed a threat to the new nation. 127 In some measure, this described the spirit leading to the population exchanges provided for at Lausanne; in his speech presenting them to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Inönü apologetically observed that the ethnic passions roused by recent history rendered them necessary.
The smallest place was difficult to obtain so long as he lacked the support of the New York organization . . it has galled the pride of many a man in American political life to beg for office. I believe in a strong executive . . and that it is not well that the strong executive should be a perpetual executive. . The press in the United States occupies something of the position of an irresponsible parliament which offers an intermediary between the Administration and the public. Power in American political life is still too personal, and there hardly exists, as in the countries of Western Europe, a strong, half-anonymous bureaucracy, seated amid deep-grown respect, with venerable traditions behind it, which is able to restrain executive appointments.