Conflict and Society Research Group

This paper tackles an important and interesting question: how should governments approach the new global battle space where ideas, ideologies, information and misinformation are weapons and where the battlefield is society and its support or otherwise for government action.

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The Cold War Literature and Lives research group based at UNSW Canberra is a group of scholars undertaking research in aspects of Cold War culture in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. This year our annual symposium will be held at the ANU.

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Greg Barnhisel (Duquesne University), author of Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature and American Cultural Diplomacy (Columbia University, 2015).

The War and Art Workshop is a half-day workshop run in conjunction with the tenure of UNSW Canberra visiting fellow, Dr Lola Frost. An initiative of the Conflict and Society Research Group, this workshop seeks to showcase Frost’s art, and bring into conversation researchers and artists working on the topic of war. Frost is a well-established artist in the UK who is also Leverhulme artist-in-residence in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

hat America was drawn into the Vietnam War by the French has been recognized, but rarely explored. This book analyzes the years from 1945 with the French military reconquest of Vietnam until 1963 with the execution of the French-endorsed dictator, Ngo Dinh Diem, demonstrating how the US should not have followed the French into Vietnam. It shows how the Korean War triggered the flow of American military hardware and finances to underpin France’s war against the Marxist-oriented Vietnam Republic led by Ho Chi Minh.

The story of extraordinary Australian, Ross Smith, who rode to war at Gallipoli on horseback and by the end of the war, was one of the most highly awarded fighter pilots.

'He was courageous. He was ambitious. He was skilled. He was visionary. He could be ruthless. He was someone born of a new nation. But he was of a time now long past. And yet in the language of a later generation it could be said he had the "right stuff"… Michael Molkentin captures [Ross Smith] brilliantly.' - Andy Thomas, NASA Astronaut (Retired).

Although the body has preoccupied literary scholarship for some time, there has been a renewed attention in Romantic studies to the complex ways in which literature encodes and reproduces our awareness of embodied experience.

On the 100th anniversary of the visit to Australia’s shores of the United States Atlantic Fleet, known as the ‘Great White Fleet’, the commemorative publication compiled by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Great White Fleet to Coral Sea: Naval Strategy and the Development of Australia–United States Relations, 1900–1945

"John Connor’s accessible and illuminating reinterpretation of World War I presents that conflict as a fundamentally imperial phenomenon. This was a war fought and ultimately won not only in France, Belgium and Palestine, but in East Africa and New Guinea; in the Indian and Pacific Ocean as well as the Dardanelles and the North Sea; and on the farms of the Canadian prairies, the cattle ranches of Argentina and the sheep stations of Australia, as surely in the munitions works of Britain.

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