W. Macmahon Ball: A Focus on Asia

  • James Cotton
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought book series (PMHIT)


From 1949, W. Macmahon Ball was professor of Political Science at Melbourne University; he was also a prolific media commentator on international affairs. His weekly series “Australia in the Pacific” on the ABC, broadcast from 1948 to 1952, and his later regular contributions to the subsequent program “Australia and the World” made him one of the country’s most prominent public intellectuals. His most seminal contribution to the Australian school lay in his postwar analysis of the multiple sources of rapid change in Asia. While the impetus for this analysis may be sought in his episodic diplomatic career in the region, its foundations lay in his work of the 1930s and especially his experience of Europe on the eve of war.


International Relation Australian School Australian Government Peace Treaty American Policy 
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