An Uneasy Legacy: Vietnam veterans and Australian society

Hiddlestone, Janine (2008) An Uneasy Legacy: Vietnam veterans and Australian society. Verlag Dr. Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany, pp. 1-342.

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Abstract

The Vietnam War is remembered more for the controversy than the war itself. This has contributed to the stereotyping of the war and those who fought in it. War is always political in nature, but the politics of the Vietnam War provided a series of distinctive complications that heralded a divergence from Australia's traditional approaches to war and remembrance. This work examines the origins, veracity and consequences of the veteran stereotypes, and ultimately their struggle to find a suitable place in Australian history. Veteran related issues emerged initially in the USA, but this does not indicate that they were purely American problems and responses. However some of the more extreme images emanating from the US were applied to the emerging representations in Australia. the impact of these stereotypes is complex: However, rather than discovering the popularly perceived group of men searching for an historical context into which to place their experiences: a group of Australians who, for a period thirty years ago, were asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. The work offered the opportunity to provide context to a difficult history.

Item ID: 7282
Item Type: Book (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-3-8364-9293-5
Keywords: war; Vietnam; Australia; history; politics
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Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2010 05:00
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 15%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 15%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 80%
81 DEFENCE > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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