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The Long Search for Peace

The Long Search for Peace
Observer Missions and Beyond, 1947–2006

Volume 1. The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations


  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482981

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  • Volume I of the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations recounts the Australian peacekeeping missions that began between 1947 and 1982, and follows them through to 2006, which is the end point of this series. The operations described in The Long Search for Peace - some long, some short; some successful, some not - represent a long period of learning and experimentation, and were a necessary apprenticeship for all that was to follow. Australia contributed peacekeepers to all major decolonisation efforts: for thirty-five years in Kashmir, fifty-three years in Cyprus, and (as of writing) sixty-one years in the Middle East, as well as shorter deployments in Indonesia, Korea and Rhodesia. This volume also describes some smaller-scale Australian missions in the Congo, West New Guinea, Yemen, Uganda and Lebanon. It brings to life Australia's long-term contribution not only to these operations but also to the very idea of peacekeeping.

    • Provides an overview of Australian peacekeeping missions from 1947 to 2006
    • Interweaves official government documents and the personal narratives of veterans to present an authoritative history of the origins of Australian peacekeeping
    • Details all major decolonisation efforts (Kashmir, Cyprus, the Middle East, Indonesia, Korea and Rhodesia) as well as smaller-scale missions in the Congo, West New Guinea, Yemen, Uganda and Lebanon
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482981
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 mm
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 130 colour illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Actor and Observer: the Early Cold War Years:
    1. The origins of peacekeeping: Australia responds to the post-war world
    2. St George and the Maiden: Australian and the Indonesian question, 1945–1947
    3. Inventing peacekeeping: the United Nations in Indonesia, 1947–1948
    4. Failure: the United Nations in Indonesia, 1948
    5. Success: the United Nations in Indonesia, 1949–1951
    6. Observing at a critical moment: Australia and Korea, 1947–1953
    7. An intractable dispute: Australia and the Kashmir problem, 1947–1951
    8. 'Tough men wanted': Australian military observers in Kashmir, 1951–1971
    9. Australia and the problem of Palestine: peacekeeping in the Middle East, 1947–1967
    10. The Six-Day War and after: Australians in the Middle East 1967–1973
    11. 'If you're not confused, you don't understand the situation': Australia responds to the Congo Crisis, 1960–1961
    12. Over jungle and swamp: Australian Army helicopters in West New Guinea, 1962–1963
    13. A reluctant start: the road to Cyprus, 1964
    14. The first decade: Australian police in Cyprus, 1964–1974
    15. Australia and the invention of peacekeeping
    Part II. New Ambitions: the Later Cold War Years:
    16. The new internationalists: peacekeeping after the Vietnam War, 1972–1987
    17. A 'lop-sided' umpire: Australian military observers in Kashmir, 1971–1985
    18. 'Snow Goose' and the 'Milk Run': RAAF transport support for UNMOGIP, 1975–1978
    19. An island divided: AUSTCIVPOL in Cyprus, 1974–1976
    20. Desert sortie: United Nations Emergency Force II, 1976–1979
    21. On the Golan: Australian military observers in Israel and Syria, 1973–1989
    22. Witnesses to civil war: Australian military observers in Lebanon, 1972–1989
    23. Fumbling the political football: multinational force and observers, 1982–1986
    24. The tribe that lost its head: finding a resolution in Rhodesia, 1979
    25. Into Africa: deploying the force to Rhodesia:
    26. A dangerous but crucial mission: monitoring in Rhodesia, 197901980
    27. The healing touch: Elections in Rhodesia, 1980
    28. 'The only show in town': Commonwealth Military Training Team – Uganda, 1982–1984
    Part III. Carrying on: after the Cold War
    29. A sustained commitment: AUSTCIVPOL in Cyprus, 1974–2006
    30. Uprisings and wars: Australians in UNTSO, 1990–2005
    31. Service in the Sinai: Australia and the MFO, 1993–2006
    32. In the midst of war: Australians in Lebanon, 2006.

  • Authors

    Peter Londey, Australian National University, Canberra
    Peter Londey has had careers as both an ancient and a modern historian. He trained as a Greek historian, with a Ph.D. on Delphi in the fourth century BC, and currently teaches in the Centre for Classical Studies, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, at the Australian National University, Canberra. From 1991 to 2007, however, he worked as a senior historian at the Australian War Memorial. During that time, he curated the Memorial's first ever exhibition on peacekeeping, and wrote the first history of Australian peacekeeping, Other People's Wars: A History of Australian Peacekeeping (2004). Since returning to Classics, he has maintained a strong interest in peacekeeping, and is currently writing a biography of the Australian artist George Gittoes. In his spare time he works on the early history of Delphi and on Gallipoli in antiquity.

    David Horner, Australian National University, Canberra
    David Horner is Emeritus Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, where he was previously Professor of Australian Defence History. He is the Official Historian of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations.

    Rhys Crawley, Australian War Memorial
    Rhys Crawley works at the Australian War Memorial, where he is writing the Official History of Australian Operations in Afghanistan. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining the Australian War Memorial, Dr Crawley was a Research Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, where he convened the war studies seminar series, worked on this official history series, and co-authored a volume in the Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. His other books include Climax at Gallipoli: The Failure of the August Offensive (2014), The Secret Cold War: The Official History of ASIO 1975-1989 (2016), Intelligence and the Function of Government (2018), and Gallipoli: New Perspectives on the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1915–16 (2018).

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