Island-Consciousness and Australian Strategic Culture
Evans, Michael, Review - Institute of Public Affairs
One of the most curious aspects of Australian national culture is the absence of a significant maritime tradition. This is a striking paradox in that, as an island-continent dependent on sea communications, trade and alliances, Australia should be the archetype of a liberal maritime nation. As the leading geographer, Saul B. Cohen put it in his 1964 study, Geography and Politics in a Divided World, Australia's geopolitical character is that of a 'trade dependent maritime state' whose interests are tied to a larger offshore Asian and Oceanic geo-strategic region. The reality of Australia's maritime environment is further underlined by the fact that its coastline is 35,877 kilometres in …
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Publication information: Article title: Island-Consciousness and Australian Strategic Culture. Contributors: Evans, Michael - Author. Magazine title: Review - Institute of Public Affairs. Volume: 58. Issue: 2 Publication date: July 2006. Page number: 21+. © Institute of Public Affairs Nov 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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