Asian Alternatives: Australia'S Vietnam Decision And Lessons On Going To War

Asian Alternatives: Australia'S Vietnam Decision And Lessons On Going To War

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Asian Alternatives takes readers into the corridors of power in Canberra and inside Australia's secret diplomatic dealings to analyse the forces that shaped Australia's policies of the 1960s. Between 1959-1965, Australia had to decide whether or not to go to war, culminating in the controversial commitment in Vietnam. Strong Ministers and courageous advisers manoeuvred and clashed. Asian Alternatives describes how and why Australia made foreign and security policy in tempestuous times, based on deep research into Australia's official documents, other contemporary sources and first-hand observation. By juxtaposing the different views of powerful personalities andndash; Menzies, McEwen, Barwick, Hasluck, Paltridge and their officials andndash; it demonstrates the significance of individuals in different approaches to decision-making. The book compares the process of deciding to enter the 2003 war in Iraq with the lead up to Australia's commitment to Vietnam. Asian Alternatives is the story of history repeating itself. Supplementary digital content is available from
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Product details

  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 136.91 x 212.09 x 21.08mm
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Academic Monographs
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Print on Demand
  • 0522853455
  • 9780522853452
  • 1,264,809