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We Had Such High Hopes

Student Activism and the Peace Movement 1949-1952

Joyce Evans



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04 July 2019
Some think it all happened in the 1960s but Joyce Evans, acclaimed photographer of Australia's land and its people, goes back to her youth and memories of her many adventures as a student activist. In 1949, aged 19, she set sail for Soviet-occupied Budapest to join the post-war demonstrations at 'The World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace'. It was a time when young Australians dreamed of change and travelled to war-torn Europe in the hope of peace becoming the new reality. Among them were many who would later become important figures in Australia's government, legal profession, diplomatic corps and academia. People like Frank Hardy, John Bluthal, Faith Bandler, Clyde Holding, Irving Saulwick and Richard Woolcott appear in Joyce Evans' photographs of these events. This story, with its cast of endearing and passionate characters, records voyages across battle-scarred Europe, clashes with draconian authorities, daring escapes, betrayals, lost idealism and a wealth of unlikely friendships. It describes the adventures of a youthful cohort who felt empowered and believed it could fulfil its dream of world-wide peace. Joyce says: 'If such a dream existed then, such high hopes can be reclaimed by the youth of today!'

Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 287mm,  Width: 233mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   1.250kg
ISBN:   9781925801859
ISBN 10:   1925801853
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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