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The Resource Australia and the Vietnam War, Peter Edwards

Australia and the Vietnam War, Peter Edwards

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Australia and the Vietnam War
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Australia and the Vietnam War
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Peter Edwards
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Australia and the Vietnam War
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the essential history
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Language
eng
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
Summary
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.--Publisher's description
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10335866
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ANL
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Edwards, Peter
Dewey number
959.70433
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Vietnam War
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Target audience
adult
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Australia and the Vietnam War, Peter Edwards
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Publication
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Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliograhical references and index
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volume
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  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: 1.Decolonisation And The Cold War In Southeast Asia 1945-50 -- The decolonisation of Southeast Asia -- The Cold War -- 2.Australia And Southeast Asia 1945-53 -- The Chifley government's foreign and defence policies -- The Chifley government, the Indonesian Revolution and the Malayan Emergency -- The Menzies government and Australian conservatism -- Menzies and Spender -- The Menzies government and Indochina -- The Menzies government and the Malayan Emergency -- The RAAF in Malaya -- Australia and the Korean War -- Australia and the First Indochina War -- 3.Australia And Southeast Asia 1954-60 -- The `united action' crisis -- The Geneva Conference -- The creation of SEATO -- The Strategic Reserve and the commitment of troops to Malaya 1955 -- Australian troops and the Emergency 1955--60 -- Australia and Vietnam 1955--60 -- Australia, Indonesia and West New Guinea -- 4.The Crises Of The Early 1960s -- The Laos crises 1959--61 --
  • Contents note continued: Commitments to Thailand and Vietnam 1962 -- Confrontation 1963 -- Defence review 1963 -- The commitment to the defence of Malaysia -- The end of Diem, November 1963 -- Two conflicts, two allies -- 5.Commitments To Confrontation And Vietnam 1965 -- The two crises deepen -- The commitment of a battalion to Confrontation -- The commitment of a battalion to Vietnam -- The announcement and parliamentary reaction -- Reactions at home and abroad -- Operations in Confrontation -- 1RAR at Bien Hoa -- The Malaysia--Singapore split and the commitment of a battalion group -- The Indonesian coup and its impact on Australian policy -- 6.The Task Force And The Election 1966 -- A new Prime Minister -- Operations in Borneo -- The long election campaign -- The establishment of the task force in Phuoc Tuy -- The battle of Long Tan -- Relations with allies and enemies -- `All the way with LBJ' -- The commitment confirmed and increased --
  • Contents note continued: 7.Escalation Of The Commitment, Escalation Of Controversy 1967 -- The escalation of dissent -- The war of attrition -- British withdrawal, American pressure -- The new task force commander -- The minefield -- The third battalion -- ANZAC in Vietnam -- The task force and its third commander -- The commitment of three services -- Death of a Prime Minister -- 8.The Turning-Point 1968-69 -- The revolutions of 1968 -- The Tet offensive and its impact -- A missed opportunity? -- Another new Prime Minister -- Gorton on foreign and defence policies -- Australian protest -- The task force 1968--69 -- RAN and RAAF commitments 1968--69 -- The 1969 election -- 9.Social Dissent, Political Division And Military Withdrawal 1969-72 -- The first Australian withdrawal -- The first Moratorium -- Task force operations 1969--70 -- The second withdrawal, the civic action crisis and a new Prime Minister -- The Pentagon Papers -- Operating under a withdrawal 1971--72 --
  • Contents note continued: Increasing the advisory role 1971--72 -- The withdrawal of RAN and RAAF forces -- The Easter offensive -- 10.The Whitlam Government And The End Of The Vietnam War 1972-75 -- The suspension of conscription, the withdrawal of the AATTV -- The `Christmas bombing' and the near rupture in Australia--US relations -- Recognition of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam -- From `forward defence' to `the self-reliant defence of Australia' -- The fall of Saigon 1975 -- 11.Lessons, Legacies And Legends -- Defence and strategic policy -- Dominoes -- Operational methods -- Conscription -- The veterans' experience -- Some final reflections -- Appendices -- 1.Australian Army deployment in Vietnam 1962--73 -- 2.Australian chain of command and battalion deployment in Vietnam 1962--73 -- 3.Persons named
Control code
000051955673
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 338 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781742232744
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
Label
Australia and the Vietnam War, Peter Edwards
Link
Publication
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliograhical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: 1.Decolonisation And The Cold War In Southeast Asia 1945-50 -- The decolonisation of Southeast Asia -- The Cold War -- 2.Australia And Southeast Asia 1945-53 -- The Chifley government's foreign and defence policies -- The Chifley government, the Indonesian Revolution and the Malayan Emergency -- The Menzies government and Australian conservatism -- Menzies and Spender -- The Menzies government and Indochina -- The Menzies government and the Malayan Emergency -- The RAAF in Malaya -- Australia and the Korean War -- Australia and the First Indochina War -- 3.Australia And Southeast Asia 1954-60 -- The `united action' crisis -- The Geneva Conference -- The creation of SEATO -- The Strategic Reserve and the commitment of troops to Malaya 1955 -- Australian troops and the Emergency 1955--60 -- Australia and Vietnam 1955--60 -- Australia, Indonesia and West New Guinea -- 4.The Crises Of The Early 1960s -- The Laos crises 1959--61 --
  • Contents note continued: Commitments to Thailand and Vietnam 1962 -- Confrontation 1963 -- Defence review 1963 -- The commitment to the defence of Malaysia -- The end of Diem, November 1963 -- Two conflicts, two allies -- 5.Commitments To Confrontation And Vietnam 1965 -- The two crises deepen -- The commitment of a battalion to Confrontation -- The commitment of a battalion to Vietnam -- The announcement and parliamentary reaction -- Reactions at home and abroad -- Operations in Confrontation -- 1RAR at Bien Hoa -- The Malaysia--Singapore split and the commitment of a battalion group -- The Indonesian coup and its impact on Australian policy -- 6.The Task Force And The Election 1966 -- A new Prime Minister -- Operations in Borneo -- The long election campaign -- The establishment of the task force in Phuoc Tuy -- The battle of Long Tan -- Relations with allies and enemies -- `All the way with LBJ' -- The commitment confirmed and increased --
  • Contents note continued: 7.Escalation Of The Commitment, Escalation Of Controversy 1967 -- The escalation of dissent -- The war of attrition -- British withdrawal, American pressure -- The new task force commander -- The minefield -- The third battalion -- ANZAC in Vietnam -- The task force and its third commander -- The commitment of three services -- Death of a Prime Minister -- 8.The Turning-Point 1968-69 -- The revolutions of 1968 -- The Tet offensive and its impact -- A missed opportunity? -- Another new Prime Minister -- Gorton on foreign and defence policies -- Australian protest -- The task force 1968--69 -- RAN and RAAF commitments 1968--69 -- The 1969 election -- 9.Social Dissent, Political Division And Military Withdrawal 1969-72 -- The first Australian withdrawal -- The first Moratorium -- Task force operations 1969--70 -- The second withdrawal, the civic action crisis and a new Prime Minister -- The Pentagon Papers -- Operating under a withdrawal 1971--72 --
  • Contents note continued: Increasing the advisory role 1971--72 -- The withdrawal of RAN and RAAF forces -- The Easter offensive -- 10.The Whitlam Government And The End Of The Vietnam War 1972-75 -- The suspension of conscription, the withdrawal of the AATTV -- The `Christmas bombing' and the near rupture in Australia--US relations -- Recognition of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam -- From `forward defence' to `the self-reliant defence of Australia' -- The fall of Saigon 1975 -- 11.Lessons, Legacies And Legends -- Defence and strategic policy -- Dominoes -- Operational methods -- Conscription -- The veterans' experience -- Some final reflections -- Appendices -- 1.Australian Army deployment in Vietnam 1962--73 -- 2.Australian chain of command and battalion deployment in Vietnam 1962--73 -- 3.Persons named
Control code
000051955673
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 338 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781742232744
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits

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