A Nation at War: Australian Politics, Society and Diplomacy During the Vietnam War 1965-1975

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Allen & Unwin, 1997 - History - 460 pages
"A Nation At War tells the story of Australia during this tumultuous decade. It shows how the initial support for the Vietnam commitment was eroded until a majority of the population came to think that it was mistaken, if not immoral. The book traces the growth of the protest movement against the War and conscription, giving the most detailed account yet published of the three Moratorium protests in which tens of thousands of Australians demonstrated. A Nation At War discusses the decisions of the Menzies, Holt, Gorton, McMahon and Whitlam Governments, as they responded to these unprecedented protests while wrestling with diplomatic pressures emanating from powerful allies and strife-torn neighbours. The book also analyses the incidents which shaped the debate and which long remained in public memory - the alleged 'water torture' incident, the episodes involving conscientious objectors like Simon Townsend and William White, and many more."--BOOK JACKET.


The announcement and first reactions AprilMay 1965
Crises in Southeast Asia debate in Australia
Participants in the first Australian teachin at the Australian
Conscription and the commitment of a task force
Save Our Sons demonstration in Canberra 1965
Anticonscription demonstration outside Holts Melbourne home
Participants in the June 1966 SEATO meeting in Canberra
The death of a Prime Minister
A new Prime Minister in a world of revolutions 196869
Doubt dissent defiance and destruction 196869
Towards withdrawal and the first Moratorium
The first and second Moratoriums MaySeptember 1970
The third Moratorium and withdrawal from Vietnam
The Whitlam Government and the end of
Epilogue and conclusions

controversy the Opposition
Graffiti on the Adelaide Cross of Remembrance after Errol
The paintthrowers and the Premier
ALP and Liberal Party advertisements for the 1966 general
Escalation amid uncertainty 1967
The rise of dissent and protest 1967
The rise of radical and militant protest
The national service scheme 196472
Major Australian Government officebearers 196575
a lost opportunity
Bibliography Christopher Waters

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About the author (1997)

Peter Edwards, the Official Historian of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts, is a graduate of the Universities of Western Australia and Oxford. A former Rhodes Scholar, he has published extensively in twentieth century history, principally in the area of Australian foreign policy, Europe between the two world wars, and Australian-American relations. Dr Edwards is currently the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for American Studies, a national centre located at the University of Sydney.