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