To The Islands: White Australians & The Malay Archipelago Since 1788

by Battersby, Paul

To The Islands: White Australians & The Malay Archipelago Since 1788

Price:  US$86.40   (SGD120.00*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 249 pages
Published:  2007, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780739120514
SB#:  042565 (106)

About This Book

To the Islands challenges the orthodox view that Australia's relations with its regional neighbours were insignificant before the outbreak of war in the Pacific in 1941. While globalisation is a term commonly associated with the 20th century world, this study traces the history of Australia's regionalisation back to the 19th century; to the experiences of Australian travellers, tourists, prospectors, mining entrepreneurs in the Netherlands Indies, Malaya and Siam. By the early 1900s, Java was a popular tourist destination for Australians while Malaya and Siam were emerging as major Australian foreign investment destinations. In placing economic and social interactions ahead of political and security concerns in the analysis of Australia's regional relations, the book highlights the role of non-state actors and people-to-people connections in shaping the contours of Australian diplomatic engagement with Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

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