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By Paul Battersby

To the Islands deals a special point of view at the evolution of financial, social and political interconnections among Australia and its island area spanning centuries, from the early years of British colonization to the current day. The booklet advances the argument that globalizing techniques are drawing Australia incrementally towards modern-day South East Asia and the broader Asia Pacific. whereas globalization is a time period normally linked to the 20 th century international, this learn lines the background of Australia's regionalisation again to the 19th century; to the lived reviews of Australian tourists, travelers, prospectors, mining marketers within the Netherlands Indies, Malaya and Siam or Thailand because it is understood this present day. To the Islands demanding situations the orthodox view that Australia's kinfolk with its nearby buddies have been insignificant earlier than the outbreak of conflict within the Pacific in 1941. by way of the early 1900s, Java was once a favored vacationer vacation spot for Australians whereas Malaya and Siam have been rising as significant Australian overseas funding locations. In putting financial and social interactions prior to political and safeguard issues within the research of Australia's local relatives, the e-book highlights the position of non-state actors and people-to-people connections in shaping the contours of Australian diplomatic engagement with South East Asia and the South West Pacific. To the Islands is an important e-book for complicated scholars and researchers of the background and politics of the Asia Pacific and Australia.

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