Fernandes, Clinton: Subimperial Power: Australia in the International Arena

Clinton Fernandes

Subimperial Power: Australia in the International Arena (Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2022); electronic version available

How does Australia operate in the world? And why? In this closely evidenced, original account, former Australian Army intelligence analyst Clinton Fernandes categorically debunks Australia’s greatest myth: that of its own independence. This book is a bold and challenging interpretation of not only Australian Foreign Policy, but of the psyche of the nation itself. Fernandes gives us a fast-paced, thought-provoking interpretation which many readers may not like. This is what happens when someone shakes the foundations. But that’s the point. Fernandes’s analysis will have forced you to ask and answer some profound questions about this nation’s place in the world, and the course its leaders chose to chart. (blurb)

The book is reviewed for Honest History by Alison Broinowski. Other reviews by Anthony Loewenstein in The Saturday Paper, Kevin Foster in Australian Book Review (paywall), Daniel Hurst in Guardian Australia. Interviews with the author in Jacobin, 3RRR, ABC Late Night Live, SMH.

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