Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence …


Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence And Citizenship
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After decades of silence, Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in the Australian defense forces. While Indigenous Australians have enlisted in the defense forces since the Boer War, for much of this time they defied racist restrictions and were denied full citizenship rights on their return to civilian life. In Serving Our Country, Mick Dodson, John Maynard, Joan Beaumont, Noah Riseman, Alison Cadzow, and others, reveal the courage, resilience, and trauma of Indigenous defense personnel and their families, and document the long struggle to gain recognition for their role in the defense of Australiaby Joan Beaumont (Editor), Allison Cadzow (Editor) After decades of silence, Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in the Australian defence forces. While Indigenous Australians have enlisted in the defence forces since the Boer War, for much of this time they defied racist restrictions and were denied full citizenship rights on their return to civilian life. In Serving Our Country Mick Dodson, John Maynard, Joan Beaumont, Noah Riseman and Alison Cadzow and others reveal the courage, resilience and trauma of Indigenous defence personnel and their families, and document the long struggle to gain recognition for their role in the defence of Australia. About the Author Joan Beaumont is Professor Emerita, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, at The Australian National University. Her publications include the multiple awardwinning Broken Nation: Australians and the Great War (2013) with Aaron Pegram and Lachlan Grant Australia’s War, 1939-45 (1996) and Gull Force: Survival and Leadership in Captivity, 1941-1945 (1988). Allison Cadzow is Research Associate at The Australian National University on the Serving Our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia ARC project. She co-authored Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal people on Sydney’s Georges River (2009) with Heather Goodall and co-edited Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory with Tiffany Shellam, Maria Nugent and Shino Konishi (2016).

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