Negotiating the Australia–Japan Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation: Reflections and Afterthoughts

Garry Woodard, Moreen Dee, Max Suich
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This projects concern for diplomatic history is admirable, and my remarks will be directed towards encouraging the cause.
Despite the best efforts of the Historical Documents Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), diplomatic history is languishing in Australian universities, as elsewhere, As evidence, I cite the under-whelming reception of Peter Edwards fine biography of Arthur Tange1 and academias muted notice of the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war and the 40th anniversary of Australias involvement, despite, I argue, their contemporary relevance.