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'To be truly British we must be anti-German' - New Zealand, enemy aliens, and the Great War experience, 1914-1919
Andrew Francis
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Peter Lang
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This book is a study of the treatment of New Zealand's German-speaking settlers during the course of the Great War. As with Britain's other dominions, New Zealand's German and Austro-Hungarian residents were subject to a raft of legislation which placed restrictions on their employment and activities, while those considered a danger to domestic security found themselves interned for the duration of the conflict. This book examines public, press and political responses to their presence, and describes how patriotic associations, trade organizations, xenophobic politicians and journalists undertook a vigorous anti-alien campaign resulting, in a number of instances, in anti-German riots.
Central to this book is an examination of the extent to which proimperial sentiment, concepts of citizenship and national identity, increasing European settlement and a progressively volatile European scene set the tone for the manner with which the dominion's British settlers treated its enemy alien counterparts. Themes discussed include the public's reaction to war; the government's internment policy; the establishment of anti-German trade organizations; and the challenges facing Prime Minister William Massey, whose wish to remain fair and just towards enemy aliens often brought him into direct conflict with the more hostile anti-German elements within New Zealand society.

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Andrew Francis is an independent historian living in Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include the New Zealand home front during the First World War, the history of British imperial advertising and British film propaganda of the Second World War. This is his first book.

&This is a useful addition to the literature of an under-addressed topic, New Zealand's home front experience in the First World War. Francis has made good use of both documentary and secondary material to produce an interesting study. (Ian McGibbon, New Zealand International Review 37, 2012/5)

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World War, 1914-1918 - New Zealand.|Germans - New Zealand - History - 20th century.|Concentration camps - New Zealand - History - 20th century.|National characteristics, New Zealand - History.|New Zealand - History - 1918-1945.
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