Facing North

Facing North : 1970s to 2000

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Facing North is the first substantial history of Australia's relations with Asia since Federation. Volume 1 (2001) chronicles Australian-Asian relations from 1901 to the 1970s. Volume 2 now carries the story through the last decades of the century. Both make extensive use of official government sources and of the private collections of ministers and public servants. This volume discusses the changing relations between Australia and Asia in the period from the 1970s to 2000. Over this time, integration became a dominant theme as Australia looked increasingly to its near neighbours to form political, social and economic alliances. An important driving force behind this direction was the economic opportunities presented by Asia. At the same time, Australia championed the rights of Asian countries to self-determination, economic development and an independent role in international affairs. The book combines the discussion of broad policy themes with detailed analysis of policy-making in relation to particular issues such as human rights, and episodes such as the crisis in East Timor. At home, a key concern was the question of difference between Australian and Asian values. As Australia began accepting significant numbers of immigrants from the region, the country's national identity, and the extent to which it identified with Asia, became matters of intense debate. Australian society itself has changed as a result. Facing North is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand Australia's present relations with Asian countries, and our future choices.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 492 pages
  • 174 x 238 x 28mm | 1,038.73g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522850405
  • 9780522850406
  • 965,781

About David Goldsworthy

Peter Edwards is an honorary professor at Deakin University, Melbourne, and a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. He is the official historian and general editor of the nine-volume "Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-75" and the author of "Crises and Commitments" and "A Nation at War." David Goldsworthy is an honorary professorial fellow in the school of political and social inquiry at Monash University. He is the editor of "Facing North, Volume 1, 1901 to the 1970s" and the author of "Losing the Blanket."show more