Troubled Waters: Borders, boundaries and possession in the by Ruth Balint

By Ruth Balint

Joint winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2003.

Troubled Waters tells the tale of Australia's northern waters and their dramatic transformation within the 20th century from a backwater to the main militarised and fiercely guarded zone in Australia. as soon as a bridge among coastlines and cultures, the Timor Sea has turn into, within the final years of the 20th century, the nation's frontline opposed to the specter of invasion.

When Australia accelerated its territorial barriers by means of two hundred nautical miles in 1979, Australia reached your doorstep of jap Indonesia. The career of the ocean used to be pushed by way of the parable of mare nullius, the concept that the ocean used to be empty and that nobody could undergo the lack of them. yet for the conventional fishermen of West Timor, those waters are their sea backyard. Ruth Balint tells this strong tale of a humans evicted from their seas and their fight for survival.

'. a social, political and cultural historical past with a very robust bankruptcy on humans smuggling and the Tampa . . . soaking up and compelling.' Andrew Riemer

'Very awesome. Lucid and well timed, the ambiguities, resonances and methods of seeing it explored are surely fascinating.' James Bradley

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