The Australian War Memorial today launched The long search for peace, completing the six-volume Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War operations.
In The long search for peace, Peter Londey, Rhys Crawley and David Horner examine and analyse Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations between 1947 and 2006.
The operations described in this volume represent a long period of learning and experimentation for Australian peacekeeping, including Australia’s contribution to many major decolonisation efforts through the twentieth century. It brings to life Australia’s long-term contribution to individual operations, as well as to the idea of peacekeeping.
Official Historian of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War operations Professor David Horner AM said the official history could not have been completed without full access to government records and the support of the Memorial, the ANU, the Department of Defence, and the Australian Defence Force.
“The official history of peacekeeping puts on record the activities of the thousands of Australian who served in scores of missions over a period of more than 70 years.
“Service people deserve to have their story told, and the public deserve to know what missions were conducted on their behalf. The official history provides an authoritative, detailed account that is only possible because of access to official records,” Mr Horner said.
Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said the Memorial is proud to have played a role in placing the experiences of Australian peacekeepers on the national record.
“The combined efforts of Peter Londey, Rhys Crawley and David Horner have resulted in an illuminating account of a significant part of Australia’s broader military history,” Dr Nelson said.
“It is a compelling piece of historical writing, and the Australian War Memorial is immensely proud to have assisted in facilitating its completion.”
Today’s launch marks the completion of the six-volume Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War operations. This is Australia’s fifth official history after those of the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War and south-east Asian Conflicts.
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