Reflections on Dr. John Wear Burton: The Forgotten Mandarin?

Adam Hughes Henry

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    John Wear Burton, Secretary of External Affairs 1947-1950, occupies a unique position within the history of Australian foreign policy. Unlike many of his bureaucratic contemporaries Burton's own career had finished by the early 1950s, but he is still acknowledged as a significant contributor to post-war Australian foreign policy making. Burton also occupies an ambiguous position within Australian bureaucratic and Cold War political history. This article provides a reflective overview of Burton's career and examines how Cold War politics have impacted on his diplomatic reputation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-84
    JournalISAA Review
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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