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Soldiers in Politics
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Australia's past is studded with senior military figures who have been active in shaping the nation's political direction and institutions at both federal and state level. Apart from those who have held seats in parliament, there have been those who have served as governors and governors-general, those who led pressure groups and those who participated in organisations operating behind the scenes, such as secret armies. Soldiers in Politics offers insights into a previously unanalysed and unrecognised aspect of Australia's national development that will inform and sometimes surprise the reader. This book also forms a valuable basis for debate on important questions about the nature of leadership and the role of the military in this country's system of government.
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Introduction PART 1: Representatives of the Crown 1 Colonial governors 2 State governors 3 Governors-general PART 2: Practicing Politicians 4 Colonial parliaments 5 State parliaments 6 Federal parliaments PART 3: Behind the Scenes 7 Pressure groups 8 Secret armies 9 Possibility of military coup Conclusion

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Chris Coulthard-Clark is a professional writer in the history/military history area and an established Allen + Unwin author. His other books include Duntroon, Gables, Ghosts and Governors' General, No Australian Need Apply , Action Stations Coral Sea, The Shame of Savo and The RAAF in Vietnam.

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