Title:   Australia & the Pacific: A history
Author:   Hoskins Ian
Publisher:   UNSW Press NewSouth
Binding:   Paperback
Edition:   2021
APN:   9781742235691 or ISBN(1742235697)
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Australias deep past and its modern history are intrinsically linked to the Paci?c. In Australia & the Paci?c, Ian Hoskins award-winning author of Sydney Harbour and Coast expands his gaze to examine Australias relationship with the Paci?c region; from our ties with Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to our complex connections with China, Japan and the United States. This revealing, sweeping narrative history begins with the shifting of the continents to the coming of the ?rst Australians and, thousands of years later, the Europeans who dispossessed them. Hoskins explores colonists attempts to exploit the riches of the region while keeping white Australia separate from neighbouring Asians, Melanesians and Polynesians. He examines how the advent of modern human rights and the creation of the United Nations after World War Two changed Australia and investigates our increasing regional engagement following the rise of China and the growing unpredictability of US foreign policy. Concluding with the offshore detention of asylum seekers and current debates over climate change, Hoskins questions Australias responsibilities towards our increasingly imperilled neighbours.

A captivating general history of Australia viewed in a Pacific context Hoskinss meticulously researched and well-crafted account of Australias place in the Pacific certainly deserves a wide readership. - Ross Fitzgerald

Ian Hoskins has written a major book. It is a fundamentally important subject, and is timely, original, fair-minded and accessiblea fascinating history that shows how Australias relationships with the Pacific have shaped and informed each of our worlds. He reveals the major underlying historiographical and political disputes with subtlety, clarity and power, while always displaying a remarkable fairness of judgement. - Iain McCalman

It is possibly no secret that I have been a passionate campaigner for Australia and especially the Australian media to pay more attention to the island nations to Australias North and East. Therefore, I am more than happy to see the publication of Ian Hoskinss Australia & the Pacific. I spent the majority of my career as a journalist visiting and reporting on these island nations and I believe that today it is even more crucial for us to understand exactly what is going on in our region. - Sean Dorney