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Australia’s Vietnam War in context – and other recent posts on Honest History

We have recently run a series called ‘Australia’s Vietnam War – and keeping it in context’. The series proved popular and timely, given the issues over the Long Tan commemoration and the official blind spots regarding aspects of the war (the nature and degree of opposition to it, the simplistic references to how the Vietnam contingents were treated on their return to Australia, and the lack of recognition of the role of nurses in Vietnam).

There were seven articles in the series, covering photographs from ‘the other side’, Agent Orange, the Australians’ return home, the Long Tan commemoration, Australians’ insensitivity about commemoration in other people’s countries, nurses in Vietnam, and how Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans do commemoration.

We have just today added an eighth article, from Willy Bach, who has previously written for Honest History on Agent Orange and Anzac commemoration fatigue. His latest article is also about aspects of commemoration 50 years on from Long Tan. Willy Bach is a great supporter of Honest History in Brisbane, as is Neville Buch, whose piece on professional historians we also published today.

In the six weeks since our last newsletter we have posted dozens of links and some original material.

Honest History: information-brokers and purveyors of original and – we fervently hope – provocative material. ‘Ask you what provocation I have had? wrote Alexander Pope. ‘The strong antipathy of good to bad.’ Makes sense.

30 August 2016