In the early postwar era, Britain enjoyed a very close economic relationship with Australia and New Zealand through their common membership of the Sterling Area and the Commonwealth Preference Area. This book examines the breakdown of this relationship in the 1950 and 1960s. Britain and Australasia were driven apart by disputes over industrial protection, agriculture, capital supplies, and relations with other countries. Special emphasis is given to the implications for Australia and New Zealand of Britain's growing interest in European integration.
JOHN SINGLETON is Senior Lecturer in Economic History at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His previous books are Lancashire on the Scrapheap: the Cotton Industry, 1945-70, The World Textile Industry, and co-edited with R.M.Milward, The Political Economy of Nationalisation in Britain 1920-1950.
PAUL L. ROBERTSON is Professor of Management at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Among his previous publications are The British Shipbuilding Industry, 1870-1914 (co-editor Sidney Pollard), and Firms, Markets and Economic Change: A Dynamic Theory of Business Institutions (co-editor R.N.Langlois).
Australasia in Context Australia, New Zealand and International Reconstruction Development Policy in Australia Development Policy in New Zealand Stresses in the Ottawa System The Search for New Markets Britain, The Commonwealth and Europe, 1945-60 Britain's First EEC Application After the VETO: Trade Policy in the Mid-1960s Conclusion Notes Index