The Cold War was a turbulent time to grow up in. Family ties were tested, friendships torn apart and new beliefs forged out of the ruins of old loyalties.In this book, through 12 evocative stories of childhood and early adulthood in Australia during the Cold War years, writers from vastly different backgrounds explore how global political events affected the intimate space of home, family life and friendships.
Ann Curthoys is an honorary professor at the University of Sydney, and was previously Manning Clark Professor of History at Australia National University. She is author of "Freedom Ride: A Freedomrider Remembers" and the coauthor of "How to Write History That People Want to Read" and "Is History Fiction?"Joy Damousi is a professor of history at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of "Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940"; "Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia"; "Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-war Australia"; and "Women Come Rally: Communism, socialism and gender 1890-1955." She is also a coeditor of "Diversity in Leadership: Australian Women, Past and Present."