Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations

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Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations
Australia and the New World Order cover - Fair use claimed.jpg
Cover of Volume II, Australia and the 'New World Order': From Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement, 1988–1991
Author David Horner (general editor)
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Official history
military history
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date
2011–
Preceded by The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–1975
Followed by Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Australian Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor

The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations is the official history of Australia's military and civilian involvement in peacekeeping since 1947 as well as military operations in the years after the end of the Cold War. The series is being jointly produced by the Australian War Memorial and Australian National University, with Professor David Horner serving as its general editor. It is planned that the series will comprise six volumes.[1]

Development and publication[edit]

In 2002 the Australian War Memorial (AWM) engaged Professor David Horner to investigate the feasibility of developing an official history of Australian peacekeeping activities.[2] The Howard Government subsequently approved this project in 2004, and appointed Horner to be the official historian. However, it did not allocate any funding for the series. An arrangement was eventually negotiated whereby the Department of Defence paid Horner's salary, and the AWM and Australian Research Council also contributed funds to cover other costs.[3]

Volume II, entitled Australia and the 'New World Order': From Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement, 1988–1991, was the first work in the series to be published and was released in February 2011.[4] The book was officially launched by Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 11 April.[5][6] Volume III, The Good International Citizen: Australian Peacekeeping in Asia, Africa and Europe 1991–1993, was published in 2014 and launched by Minister for Defence David Johnston on 2 July that year.[7]

The completion of the series has been delayed, with Horner attributing this to a shortage of funding. By 2014 all the funding for the project had been spent, and Volume V, The Good Neighbour: Australian Peace Support Operations in the Pacific Islands 1980–2006, had been awaiting clearance by government agencies since 2011. Volume VI, In Their Time of Need: Australian Overseas Emergency Relief Operations, was completed in 2015. During 2015 the Department of Defence provided additional funding for the project after being encouraged to do so by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. After this money became available work on the two remaining volumes resumed, and they are scheduled to be published during 2016.[8] Volume V was published in July 2016.[9]

From an early stage in the project Horner sought to have an additional volume added to the series covering Australia's involvement in peacekeeping operations in East Timor, as well as the War in Afghanistan and Iraq War.[10][11] The AWM eventually commissioned a study into the feasibility of an official history of these engagements in 2011, which Horner completed in 2012. However, efforts to gain government approval for the project were delayed by the two changes in the prime ministership during 2013. A separate series was eventually authorised by the Abbott Government in April 2015,[11] and $12.8 million was allocated to the AWM for the Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Australian Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor as part of the 2015–16 federal budget.[12]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Official History of Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post–Cold War Operations". Official Histories. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Horner 2016, p. 127.
  3. ^ Horner 2016, p. 128.
  4. ^ "Australia and the New World Order". Catalogue. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Launch of "Australia and the New World Order: From Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement: 1988–1991". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Rudd, Kevin. "Speech at the launch of the Official History of Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and post-Cold War Operations (Volume II)". Speech. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Defence Minister David Johnston launches Australian War Memorial's official history of peacekeeping". Media release. Senator the Hon David Johnston Minister for Defence. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Horner 2016, p. 133.
  9. ^ Breen, Bob (5 July 2016). "Launch of 'The Good Neighbour: Australian Peace Support Operations in the Pacific Islands 1980–2006' Volume V of the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations". Talks and speeches. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Edwards, Peter (22 September 2014). "A century of official war histories". The Strategist. Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Horner 2016, p. 134.
  12. ^ "National Search for Official History Begins". Media release. Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
Works consulted

Further reading[edit]

  • Horner, David (2008). "Chronicling the peacekeepers: Problems of writing the official history of Australian peacekeeping, humanitarian and post-Cold War operations". History Australia. 5 (1): 10.1–10.11. doi:10.2104/ha080010.