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Author Edwards, Peter, author.

Title Australia and the Vietnam War / Peter Edwards.

Published Sydney, N.S.W. NewSouth Publishing, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  959.7043394 EDWA    DUE 04-08-19
Physical description xxvii, 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Notes Maps on endpapers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In this landmark book, award-winning historian Peter Edwards skillfully unravels the complexities of the global Cold War, decolonization in Southeast Asia, and Australian domestic politics. The Vietnam War was Australia's longest and most controversial military commitment of the 20th century, ending in humiliation for the United States and its allies with the downfall of South Vietnam. The war provoked deep divisions in Australian society and politics, particularly because for the first time young men were conscripted for overseas service in a highly contentious ballot system. The Vietnam era is still identified with diplomatic, military, and political failure. Was Vietnam a case of Australia fighting "other people's wars"? Were we really "all the way" with the United States? How valid was the "domino theory"? Did the Australian forces develop new tactical methods in earlier Southeast Asian conflicts, and just how successful were they against the unyielding enemy in Vietnam? This book provides new, often surprising, answers to these questions.
Subject Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Participation, Australian.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Australia.
Variant Title Australia and the Vietnam War : the essential history.
ISBN 9781742232744 (paperback)