Pitched Battle. In The Frontline Of The1971 Springbok Tour Of Australia
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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher Place: Melbourne
Edition: First Edition
Description: 329 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout.
Publishers Description: "In 1971, when the racially selected all-white Springbok rugby team toured Australia, we became a nation at war with ourselves. There was bloodshed as tens of thousands of anti-apartheid campaigners clashed with governments, police, and rugby fans : who were given free reign to assault protestors. Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen declared a state of emergency. Prime minister William McMahon called the Wallabies who refused to play 'national disgraces'. Barbed wire ringed the great rugby grounds to stop protestors invading the field. Pitched Battle recreates what became of the most rancorous periods in modern Australian history : a time of courage, pain, faith, fanaticism, and political opportunism : which ultimately made heroes of the seven Wallabies who refused to play, played a key role in the later political careers of Peter Beattie, Meredith Burgmann, and Peter Hain, and ultimately led to the abandonment of apartheid."