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Too far away, too rich and too stable: the EEC and trade with Australia during the 1960s

Ludlow, N. Piers (2001) Too far away, too rich and too stable: the EEC and trade with Australia during the 1960s. Australian Economic History Review, 41 (3). pp. 267-286. ISSN 0004-8992

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Abstract

The 1960s EEC had little reason to prioritise trade with Australia: trade flows were too small and political ties between Australia and continental Europe too weak. That trade with Australia did become an issue of concern, it thus largely due to Britain’s 1961 EEC application. The shape of the deal which looked like emerging in 1961-3 was, however, highly ungenerous – a fact which reflected both the nature of Australian exports and a strong European belief that Australia was less ‘deserving’ than other Commonwealth countries. Australian relief at de Gaulle’s veto may, however, have been premature, since early British membership of the Community might well have been in Australia’s medium term commercial interest.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/aims.asp?ref=00...
Additional Information: (c) 2001 Blackwell Publishing.
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2007
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/2408/

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