This book juxtaposes Australian understandings of Vietnam with a description of colonial and postcolonial history that establishes the dynamics of revolutionary warfare in Phuoc Tuy. It evaluates the Australian army's 'counter-revolutionary warfare' strategy developed from Cold War prescriptions.
Introduction I: The colonial order 1. Material life in the colonial world 2. A colonial polity Patriotism 3. A trance of uncertainty, doubt and fear': Australia and Asia in the Cold War 4. 1954: To the brink II: Preparing for war 5. Ngo Dinh Diem: 'How to revive a war', 1954–1966 6. The logic of intervention: 1957–1964 7. The logics of dissent: 1957–1966 8. 1966: The Cold War mould cracks III: Intervention 9. Counter–revolution and the village: 1966–1969 10. Rice, place and revolution 11. Morbid symptoms: Australia, 1967–1969 12. The left revived IV: Withdrawal 13. The Moratorium 14. Things fall apart 15. Conclusion