Book launch: Beyond Surrender

Event details

SDSC Book Launch

Date & time

Thursday 09 July 2015


Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Ashley Ekins, Australian War Memorial; Professor Joan Beaumont, ANU


Kerrie Hogan, Senior Outreach & Communications Officer - Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
+61 2 6125 2167

Over the twentieth century 35,000 Australians suffered as prisoners of war in conflicts ranging from World War I to Korea. What was the reality of their captivity? Beyond Surrender co-edited by Joan Beaumont, Lachlan Grant and Aaron Pegram, presents for the first time the diversity of the Australian 'behind-the-wire' experience, dissecting fact from fiction and myth from reality.

Beyond Surrender examines the impact that different types of camps, commandants and locations had on surrender, survival, prison life and the prospects of escape. It considers the attitudes of Australian governments to those who had surrendered, the work of relief agencies and the agony of families waiting at home for their husbands, brothers and fathers to be freed.

Covering several conflicts and diverse sites of captivity, Beyond Surrender co-edited by Joan Beaumont, Lachlan Grant and Aaron Pegram, showcases new research from Kate Ariotti, Joan Beaumont, Lachlan Grant, Jeffrey Grey, Karl James, Jennifer Lawless, Peter Monteath, Melanie Oppenheimer, Aaron Pegram, Lucy Robertson, Seumas Spark and Christina Twomey. 

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Ashley Ekins is head of the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial.  He specialises in the history of the First World War and the Vietnam War and has published widely on Australian military history, including two volumes of the official history of Australian ground operations in Vietnam: On the Offensive (published 2003); and Fighting to the Finish (2012). Together with Professor Joan Beaumont of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, he organised the major international history conference, Gallipoli 1915 a century on, convened jointly by the Australian War Memorial and the Australian National University in March 2015.

Joan Beaumont is the author of Broken Nation: Australians and the Great War, joint winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Award for Australian History and the 2014 NSW Premier's Award for Australian History. She has also published on the Thai-Burma railway, and in 2011-13 researched the Hellfire Pass commemorative website for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Books wil be available for purchase -  paperback $59.99, hardback $79.99

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