9780521714273

Fear of Security: Australia's Invasion Anxiety

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521714273

  • ISBN10:

    0521714273

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Rarely has security been such a preoccupation of Australian politics, and rarely has it seemed so far from being achieved. This celebrated book argues that security has dominated and distorted Australia's foreign policy and national life, from Cook's first voyage to the Tampa crisis, 9/11 and Iraq. Whether in the Great War, Vietnam or the treatment of asylum seekers, Anthony Burke shows that Australia's security has been bought with the insecurity and suffering of others. Against this corrosive tradition, he offers a new - cosmopolitan and non-coercive - model of national existence and responsibility. At once a deep historical survey and an argument with its society, Fear of Security is a landmark account of how Australia relates to itself, its region and the world. Turning powerful academic and political orthodoxies on their heads, it is essential reading for those concerned with the burning questions that face Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Author Biography

Anthony Burke is Associate Professor of international politics at the University of New South Wales.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgementsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Securing the Australian subject 1788-1918p. 15
Dreams of Pacific security 1919-45p. 51
Cold War against the Other 1946-69p. 83
Realpolitik beyond the Cold War 1970-95p. 126
Australia's Asian crisis 1996-2000p. 169
The wages of terror 2001-07p. 207
Conclusion: A cosmopolitan futurep. 234
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 285
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