Harvest of Fear: A History of Australia's Vietnam War

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A Harvest of Fear is a history of Australia's experience of the Vietnam War. Although it provides an insight into the kind of war the Australians found themselves fighting in Phuoc Tuy, this book is not a blow-by-blow account of battles and strategy. Instead, it aims to offer an understanding of how that war came about, how Australia came to be involved, and why Australian involvement was the cause of such division at home. Murphy explains the Australian intervention as the harvest of its fears about Asia and ...

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Overview

A Harvest of Fear is a history of Australia's experience of the Vietnam War. Although it provides an insight into the kind of war the Australians found themselves fighting in Phuoc Tuy, this book is not a blow-by-blow account of battles and strategy. Instead, it aims to offer an understanding of how that war came about, how Australia came to be involved, and why Australian involvement was the cause of such division at home. Murphy explains the Australian intervention as the harvest of its fears about Asia and Communism, and of misunderstandings formed in a Cold War climate. This book draws together the story of Phuoc Tuy province in colonial and post-colonial times; Cold War politics and diplomacy in Australia; and the development and impact of a strident Australian anti-war movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781863734493
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,449,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Author's note
Illustrations
Introduction
1 Material life in the colonial world 3
2 A colonial polity 23
3 'A trance of uncertainty, doubt and fear': Australia and Asia in the Cold War 39
4 1954: To the brink 61
5 Ngo Dinh Diem: 'How to revive a war', 1954-1966 81
6 The logic of intervention: 1957-1964 99
7 The logics of dissent: 1957-1966 121
8 1966: The Cold War mould cracks 140
9 Counter-revolution and the village: 1966-1969 165
10 Rice, place and revolution 181
11 Morbid symptoms: Australia, 1967-1969 197
12 The left revived 219
13 The Moratorium 241
14 Things fall apart 259
Conclusion 274
Appendix: Opinion polls on the war and conscription 279
Notes 281
Bibliography and sources 309
Index 325
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