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Researcher output profile for A/Prof Christopher Waters
Dr Christopher Waters is a Senior Lecturer in twentieth century international history within the Contemporary Histories Research Group at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute. His research interests lie in the history of Australian defence and foreign policy, Australiaâ€™s experience of the World Wars, Australiaâ€™s relationship with the United Kingdom in the twentieth century and Australian responses to the Decolonisation of the European empires. He is the author of The Empire Fractures: Anglo-Australian Conflict in the 1940s (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 1995), joint editor of Evatt to Evans: The Labor Tradition in Australian Foreign Policy (Allen & Unwin, 1997); co-author with Joan Beaumont and David Lowe of Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941-1969 (Melbourne University Press, 2003) and author of Australia and Appeasement: Imperial Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War (I.B. Tauris, 2012). Australia and Appeasement has been widely and positively reviewed in the national newspapers and other major journals. The Australian (17 March) described it as an â€˜excellent bookâ€™, â€˜genuinely originalâ€™ with â€˜first rateâ€™ research. The Sydney Morning Herald (17 March) stated that the book is â€˜especially welcomeâ€™ and â€˜a valuable contribution to the field of Australian history between the warsâ€™.
Dr Waters is currently undertaking two research projects. The first project is a study of Australiaâ€™s role in the origins of the Second World War. The second project is a study of Australia and the decolonization of the Pacific Island nations from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. This latter project is a broad investigation of the decolonisation of Melanesia from both local and international perspectives. The project has so far produced two workshops and a special issue for the Journal of Pacific History edited jointly with Helen Gardner (forthcoming 2013). Dr Watersâ€™ specific interest within the project is to examine the Australian governmentâ€™s response to the decolonisation of Melanesia in the 1960s and 1970s with a focus on the New Hebrides and the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.
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