Imperialism has long been the subject of sharp debates. Now Tom O'Lincoln offers an original study of Australia's ruthless participation in the imperialist system. Left analysts have often accused Australia's rulers of being "lapdogs" for the great powers, notably the USA and Britain. O'Lincoln's analysis of Australia's "boutique imperialism" gives us a very different portrayal: of a ruling class out to extract maximum benefits for itself from calculated interventions into the conflicts wracking global capitalism.
This book is another of Tom O'Lincoln's distinctive contributions to Marxist history, following publication in 2011 of the book Australia's Pacific War.Tom O'Lincoln has been active on the left since 1967, in Germany, the US and Australia. He is the author of Into the Mainstream: The Decline of Australian Communism, Years of Rage: Social Conflicts in the Fraser Era and United We Stand: Class Struggle in Colonial Australia. Tom is a member of the Socialist Alternative.