The last few years, dominated by the wake of the global economic crisis and the marginalization of the old Western powers, have by contrast witnessed the political and economic growth of Australia. This vast country, sparsely populated and with a light influence in global affairs, has managed to carve out an important place within growing Asian powers, supported by strong economic growth. How did this happen and what path has this peculiar country followed? This agile essay traces the country’s history, economy and geopolitics, from early colonial years to the present day, showing its strengths and weaknesses, key decisions of the past and possible outlooks for the future. A starting point for looking at the geopolitics of Australia and its remarkable complexity which, against all odds, has enabled this Western country to avert the effects of the global economic crisis and, at the same time, has allowed it to embark on growth that is not merely economic.
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|data pubblicazione: ||Luglio 2013|