Understanding Australia's Neighbours

Understanding Australia's Neighbours : An Introduction to East and Southeast Asia

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The East and Southeast Asian region is of immense economic, strategic and cultural significance to Australia. It has also been important in defining Australia's national identity, and is the origin of many of Australia's immigrants. Australians therefore need to have some understanding of their northern neighbours, and to be able to think about them in an informed way. They need to do so not only to be able to understand the region in which they live, but also to better understand themselves. This book facilitates this process by providing comparisons between Asian and Australian societies. The reader is encouraged to think about Australia's neighbours across a wide range of social, economic and historical contexts. Written in an accessible and informative way, this is a book for all Australians who seek a better understanding of Australia's neighbours in East and Southeast Asia.show more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • 1139168398
  • 9781139168397

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'Knight has been an important contributor to Australian study of Asia for many years and this book is a product of that considerable experience ... simple and accessible writing style ... Where Knight addresses contentious issues, of which there are many, he presents cases both for and against and generally refrains from drawing conclusions. This is the ideal model for students and allows other readers to make up their own minds ... 'Asia' is deeply important to Australia and its future. It is scholars such a[s] Knight, and books such as this, that continue to remind us of that inescapable conclusion.' Public Administration Today 'This book is clearly of particular interest for students, academics and general readers in Australia who seek an introductory survey of East and Southeast Asia. However, it can also be recommended to readers outside Australia, not just for its insights into East and Southeast Asia, but as a way of locating Australia in relation to that region.' Australian Journal of International Affairsshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: thinking about Asia, thinking about Australia; 1. The idea of 'Asia': Australia's 'near north'; 2. Tradition and modernity - the family; 3. Tradition and modernity - religion; 4. Colonialism - how important was the impact of the west?; 5. Nationalism and revolution; 6. Nations and nation-building; 7. International politics - the cold war and the Sino-Soviet split; 8. The rise and decline of the Japanese economic 'miracle'; 9. The newly industrialising economies - economic growth and economic challenge; 10. Democracy and human rights; 11. Globalisation; 12. Australia and Asia, 'Asia' in Australia.show more

About Nick Knight

Nick Knight is a Professor in the School of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University where he teaches an introductory course on Asia. He is an authority on the thought of Mao Zedong and has published several books on Mao.show more

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