Australia's Asian garrisons and regional engagement, 1945-1988

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Project Duration
October 2015 - October 2018


This project plans to examine Australia's overseas military communities, which saw over 100 000 Australian service personnel and their families reside in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong between 1945 and 1988. By undertaking a detailed analysis of these communities as major sites of cultural contact, the project seeks to integrate the experiences of service personnel, their families and host societies into the history of regional relationships. It is anticipated that the project will expand and reinterpret the history of Australia's engagement with Asia, and extend the international scholarship on military bases, by focusing on the role of overseas garrisons in bilateral and regional relations.

Funding Source
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant

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