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New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy

New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy (Paperback)

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New Zealand and the Vietnam War will be published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of New Zealand combat troops leaving to support the US Vietnam. "The Vietnam War" provoked a major crisis in New Zealand attitudes to foreign policy, breaking for the first time the almost universal consensus about how the country should handle political and military issues beyond its shores. The despatch of troops to assist the United States of America in Vietnam divided the country, enraged a generation and forced the government to publicly defend its policy. "New Zealand and the Vietnam War" is the first major study of these events, and is the fruit of many years of detailed research which draws on government archives, newspapers, records of the protest movement and a range of other sources. Starting with the first Indochina War in the 1950s, it covers the story of New Zealand's relations with Vietnam up to the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s. It explores the diplomatic history of the engagement, which is not well known or understood, and shows that officials and politicians in fact entered the war with extreme reluctance.

Its account of the passionate domestic politics provoked by the war will also be of wide interest.

Roberto Rabel, previously in the history department at the University of Otago, is now director of the International Office at that university. His published work includes Between East and West: Trieste, the United States, and the Cold War, 1941-1954 (Duke University Press, 1988). He has edited several books including, The American century?: in retrospect and prospect (Praeger, 2002). He has contributed chapters to various works such as, A Fair Sort of Battering: New Zealanders Remember the Italian Campaign, Megan Hutching (ed), for which he wrote the Introduction; The Oxford Companion to Military History edited by Ian McGibbon, for which he wrote the Vietnam war essay; Kia Kaha: New Zealanders in the Second World War, John Crawford (ed), to which he contributed, "'A hell of a way to end a war': New Zealanders in Trieste, 1945"; Going Public, Jock Phillips and Bronwyn Dalley (eds), which included his chapter "War as Public History: Past and Future" and Immigration and National Identity in New Zealand: One People, Two Peoples, Many Peoples?, edited by Stuart William Greif for which he collaborated with historian Tom Brooking to produce "Neither British nor Polynesian". He has written many articles relating to the diplomatic, political and social dimensions of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War and other aspects of New Zealand's diplomatic and military history as well as many academic book reviews, conference papers and seminars.

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