Australian Soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam: Words from the Battlefield (Bloomsbury Studies in Military History) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1350048584
ISBN-10: 1350048585
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Highly recommended ... Well researched and provides a fresh perspective on two distinct wars in which Australia fought, but in which its soldiers still shared a somewhat similar experience of warfare.
South African Historical Journal

The Boer War and the Vietnam War were crucial moments in Australian history. Both cast a self-consciously egalitarian nation in the apparently contradictory role of an imperial soldiery. Effie Kargeorgos does a brilliant job of exploring the experience of Australian troops in those two conflicts, widely separated in time, strangely similar in some ways, very different in others. In doing so, she makes a remarkable contribution to the study of war, giving the reader a work which bridges the fields of social history, military psychology and transnational politics. This book should fascinate all those interested soldiers' experience of modern war or in the making of Australian identity.
Jonathan Hyslop, Colgate University, USA

Both the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and the Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s were in different ways imperial wars which drew in countries other than the main protagonists. Whilst the loyalty of the men from these nations was not really in doubt, they brought with them their lived experiences from their home countries, in this case Australia, which in turn influenced their outlook on the conflict. Cast in the mould of war and society studies, this book provides a revealing comparison of soldiery in different contexts over time and place.
Albert Grundlingh, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Book Description

A comparative study, exploring the links between Australian home front and battlefield in two similar wars fought in vastly different decades.

Product details

  • File Size: 1226 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1350048585
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (March 24, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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