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A Harvest of Fear : A history of Australia's Vietnam War - John Murphy

A Harvest of Fear

A history of Australia's Vietnam War

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Published: 1st August 1993
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How did fears of the Cold War shape Australian images of Asia? What was the nature of the Vietnamese revolution, which some 50 000 Australian troops failed to reverse in the 1960s? How did a small and marginal peace movement grow into the powerful Moratorium and did it have any impact on the course of the War?

Harvest of Fear is a beautifully crafted history of Australia's experience of the Vietnam War. It draws together a picture of social and political life in colonial and postcolonial Vietnam; an incisive look at Australian Cold War politics and the diplomacy that led us to Vietnam; and a brilliant portrait of the origins and political impact of the powerful Australian anti-war movement. No previous book has pulled together these three critical strands of the Australian experience of the Vietnam War; it is indeed a broad and rich canvas.

Harvest of Fear presents the clearest picture yet of how the war came about, how it was seen from Australia, what the war in Phoc Tuy Province was like for the Australian soldiers sent there, and why our involvement was the cause of such division at home. Using a range of archival sources and interviews with participants, John Murphy shows how our intervention reflected the political alignments of Australia in the Cold War, as well as deeper and more troubled anxieties about Asia.

The Australian intervention in Vietnam remains Australia's longest and most contentious war. The war and its echoes are powerfully evoked in John Murphy's story.

Harvest of Fear is a book to appeal to everyone interested in Australian history and politics, and in Australia's involvement with Asia, especially with the Vietnam War.

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Author's note

Illustrations


Introduction

PART I: THE COLONIAL ORDER

1 Material life in the colonial world

2 A colonial polity

3 'A trance of uncertainty, doubt and fear': Australia and Asia in the Cold War

4 1954: To the brink

PART II: PREPARING FOR WAR

5 Ngo Dinh Diem: 'How to revive a war', 1954-1966

6 The logic of intervention: 1957-1964

7 The logics of dissent: 1957-1966

8 1966: The Cold War mould cracks

PART III: INTERVENTION

9 Counter-revolution and the village: 1966-1969

10 Rice, place and revolution

11 Morbid symptoms: Australia, 1967-1969

12 The left revived

PART IV: WITHDRAWAL

13 The Moratorium

14 Things fall apart

Conclusion

Appendix: Opinion polls on the war and conscription

Notes

Bibliography and sources

Index

ISBN: 9781863734493
ISBN-10: 186373449X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st August 1993
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN ACADEMIC
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.05
Edition Number: 1