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Edwards, Peter 1945-

Overview
Works: 11 works in 71 publications in 1 language and 2,524 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Peter Edwards
Defence policy-making : a close-up view, 1950-1980 : a personal memoir by Arthur Tange( )

15 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sir Arthur Tange was perhaps the most powerful Secretary of the Australian Defence Department and one of the most powerful of the great 'mandarins' who dominated the Commonwealth Public Service between the 1940s and the 1970s. He served as Secretary of the Defence Department from 1970 to 1979, the last decade of his career, having previously served as Secretary of the Department of External Affairs (later renamed Foreign Affairs) from 1954 to 1965. Tange wrote this account in his last years. Controversies from his time in Defence, including those associated with 'the Tange report' and 'the Tange reforms', echo to this day, and it is still easy to identify both staunch admirers and vitriolic critics in defence and public service circles. One of the major themes implicit in this memoir is the extent to which his administrative decisions and policy advice in Defence in the 1970s were based on his experience in External Affairs in the 1950s and 1960s. This account shows what lessons he derived from that experience and how he applied those lessons when he, rather unexpectedly, became Secretary of the Defence Department."--Provided by publisher
Australia and the Vietnam War by Peter Edwards( )

15 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this landmark book, award-winning historian Peter Edwards skillfully unravels the complexities of the global Cold War, decolonization in Southeast Asia, and Australian domestic politics. The Vietnam War was Australia's longest and most controversial military commitment of the 20th century, ending in humiliation for the United States and its allies with the downfall of South Vietnam. The war provoked deep divisions in Australian society and politics, particularly because for the first time young men were conscripted for overseas service in a highly contentious ballot system. The Vietnam era is still identified with diplomatic, military, and political failure. Was Vietnam a case of Australia fighting "other people's wars"? Were we really "all the way" with the United States? How valid was the "domino theory"? Did the Australian forces develop new tactical methods in earlier Southeast Asian conflicts, and just how successful were they against the unyielding enemy in Vietnam? This book provides new, often surprising, answers to these questions
Prime ministers and diplomats : the making of Australian foreign policy, 1901-1949 by Peter Edwards( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A nation at war : Australian politics, society and diplomacy during the Vietnam War 1965-1975 by Peter Edwards( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Vietnam War, together with the selective form of national service which sent thousands of young conscripts to fight in Vietnam, dominated Australian politics for ten years." "A Nation At War tells the story of Australia during this tumultuous decade. It shows how the initial support for the Vietnam commitment was eroded until a majority of the population came to think that it was mistaken, if not immoral. The book traces the growth of the protest movement against the War and conscription, giving the most detailed account yet published of the three Moratorium protests in which tens of thousands of Australians demonstrated. A Nation At War discusses the decisions of the Menzies, Holt, Gorton, McMahon and Whitlam Governments, as they responded to these unprecedented protests while wrestling with diplomatic pressures emanating from powerful allies and strife-torn neighbours. The book also analyses the incidents which shaped the debate and which long remained in public memory - the alleged 'water torture' incident, the episodes involving conscientious objectors like Simon Townsend and William White, and many more."--Jacket
Crises and commitments : the politics and diplomacy of Australia's involvement in Southeast Asian conflicts, 1948-1965 by Peter Edwards( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facing north : a century of Australian engagement with Asia( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Australia through American eyes, 1935-1945 : observations by American diplomats( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arthur Tange : last of the Mandarins by Peter Edwards( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Australia and the crises in Laos, 1959-61 by Peter Edwards( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning from history : some strategic lessons from the "forward defence" era by Peter Edwards( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facing North Volume 2 : 1970s To 2000 by David Goldsworthy( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Australian-Asian relations from the 1970s to 2000 are chronicled in this second volume in the Facing North series. Utilizing extensive official government sources and private collections from ministers and public servants, this volume explores the changing relations between the two regions with a focus on integration; political, social, and economic alliances; and international affairs. This text combines the discussion of broad policy themes with a detailed analysis of specific topics such as human rights, globalization, immigration, rapid regional growth, and economic crises
 
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Defence policy-making : a close-up view, 1950-1980 : a personal memoir
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A nation at war : Australian politics, society and diplomacy during the Vietnam War 1965-1975Facing north : a century of Australian engagement with AsiaArthur Tange : last of the Mandarins
Alternative Names
Edwards, P. G., 1945-

Languages
English (67)