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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

Australian Foreign Policy
Australian foreign policy
Michael Wesley
Introduction

Australia joined the international system when it was colonised by Britain in 1788. Prior to that time, Australia had been populated by its indigenous inhabitants for over 40,000 years, but Aboriginal society had little contact with the outside world, other than occasional trade in trepang (sea slugs) with merchants from Makassar in today's Indonesia. European explorers had known of Australia since the early 17th century, but had judged it to be of little commercial interest, compared to the abundant riches of Asia. London's perception of Australia's strategic importance changed following the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) and the American War of Independence (1775–1783). Both ...

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