In From the Cold - Book Launch

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Event details

Panel discussion

Date & time

Thursday 25 June 2020


Virtual event


Jean Beaumont, David Horner, John Blaxland, Michael Kelly, Rebecca Fleming


Tess Harwood

Australians served at sea, on land and in the air alongside their United Nations partners during the war. They fought with distinction, from bitterly cold mountain tops, to the frozen decks of aircraft carriers and in dogfights overhead.

International perspectives from allies and adversaries provide contrasting counterpoints of Australia’s relatively small but nonetheless important contribution of forces in the Korean War. In From the Cold incorporates the perspectives of leading academics, practitioners and veterans to piece together the full story and contribute fresh ideas on the conduct and legacy of the Korean War.

So, what did Australia contribute to the Korean War from June 1950 to July 1953? What were the Australians doing there? How significant was the contribution and what difference did it make? What has that meant for Australia since then, and what might that mean for Australia into the future?

Join the discussion with some of Australia’s leading historians, with Emerita Professor Joan Beaumont, chairing the discussion, along with contributing author David Horner, as well as the editors John Blaxland and Michael Kelly to grapple with these salient questions. Emeritus Professor Robert O’Neill (author) will not join the panel but will contribute to the discussion.


Joan Beaumont is an internationally recognised historian of Australia in the two world wars, Australian defence and foreign policy, the history of prisoners of war and the memory, and heritage of war.


David Horner is an official historian of Australian Defence History at the Coral Bell School. He is the author or editor of many books on Australian military history, strategy, command and defence policy.

John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies at ANU and official historian of the Australian Signals Directorate. Prior to this, he was Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Coral Bell School.

Rebecca Fleming is a Canberra based writer and historian, specialising in the role of women in war. Her PhD examined the role and experiences of Australian military nurses who served in the Korean War.

Michael Kelly is a First World War and Korean War historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial.

Interested in reading the book? You can purchase it here

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This event is brought to you by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs , The Australian National University.

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