Australia – ‘a British Outpost’ – and War with Japan: Some newspaper echoes of White Australia policy fears, 1941-1942

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Abstract

Abstract: This chapter argues that Australia's response to Japan's military attacks at the end of 1941 and the beginning of 1942 resonated strongly with the White Australia Policy fears of Asia in general, and anti-Japanese sentiment in particular. Using newspapers from across Australia, and focussing on the occurrence of 'the yellow peril', a consistent nineteenth-century theme in the British outpost, and related descriptions of Japanese physical appearance, reactions to both the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour, and the February 1942 bombing of Darwin, show the level of Australian national anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld War II Re-explored
Subtitle of host publicationSome New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict
EditorsJaroslaw Suchoples, Stephanie James, Barbara Törnquist-Plewa
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherPeter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Pages61-88
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-631-77767-1, 978-3-631-77766-4, 978-3-631-77768-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-631-77740-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • World War 2
  • World War II
  • Australia -- History
  • Japanese military
  • White Australia Policy
  • British Colony

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