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Diplomacy, public opinion and the fractalization of the U.S. Antarctic policy, 1946-1959

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Moore, JK (2006) Diplomacy, public opinion and the fractalization of the U.S. Antarctic policy, 1946-1959. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The many specialists who address the background of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959
concur that the United States and Soviet Union set aside their own disputes for the
sake of an internationalization agreement which devoted the world's last continent to
peaceful scientific cooperation. While this is true and must be regarded as a
formidable achievement, the treaty gains further significance when evaluated in light
of the Cold War tensions which bore upon it.
This thesis maintains that the controversy surrounding Antarctica reflected the
patterns which at a global level threatened to embroil the superpowers in full-scale
conflict. It contains previously published research which analyzes U.S. Antarctic
policy in detail, and herein provides the groundwork for establishing links between
U.S.-Soviet, U.S.-British and U.S.-Chilean relations at large and their relations in the
far south, as well as between the U.S. internationalization proposals and U.S. national
security policies.
The "fractalization" of U.S. Antarctic policy shifts emphasis from the policy
itself to how Cold War diplomacy and public opinion bore upon it. Physical scientists
regard objects as "fractal" when their structural complexity is maintained at all levels,
as in snowflakes or electronic transmissions. This provides an ideal metaphor for the
analytical framework adopted herein.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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No access or viewing until 14 September 2006. Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

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