Losses and Gains. "Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making, 1941-1969" by Joan Beaumont et al. [review]
This book is an important contribution towards understanding the milieu in which Australia's foreign policy was formed, between 1941 and 1969. It does so principally by looking at the interaction of successive foreign ministers with the public servants in what was then known as the Department of External Affairs. These public servants included both those serving in Canberra and those in diplomatic missions abroad. The authors - Joan Beaumont, Christopher Waters, David Lowe, with Garry Woodard - are three historians and a former diplomat who has turned historian in his retirement. They have included a good deal of fresh research, while also crystallising views that have been outlined or implied in earlier publications. Unusually for a multi-authored book, they have coordinated their contributions remarkably smoothly.