Australia and Asia: Espresso Democracy in a Satay Region

In the last fifty-five years Australia's move away from Britain has been persistent but harmonious.

Issue: Winter 1995-1996

The struggle between Australia's history and geography--the history dominated by British influence, the geography by proximity to Asia--has been an enduring theme in the country's contemplation of itself. But while the contest is not new, it is becoming more intense and its ramifications are widening. A range of activities and institutions is involved, including the monarchy, the special species of Australian democracy, trade, languages, military security, and cultural ties.

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