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Our first foreign war : the impact of the South African War 1899-1902 on New Zealand

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  • Description

    "When war broke out between the British Empire and the Boer republics in 1899, New Zealand was among Britain?s most enthusiastic supporters. Many welcomed the opportunity to prove their nation?s military capabilities and its loyalty to the Empire.

    Although the numbers sent to South Africa were small, the response at home was on a grander scale. Contributions to the war effort flooded in and New Zealanders closely followed the fortunes of their contingents in the field and the drama of the sieges of Mafeking, Kimberley and Ladysmith. Patriotic men, women and children packed fund-raising events and joined military volunteer and school cadet corps.

    This is the first book to examine a phenomenon that has few parallels in New Zealand history. It offers a finely grained analysis of the nation?s response to the South African War, and the conflict?s enduring impact on New Zealand."--Publisher's website.

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  • Other Id

    DT1913.N45 ROB (Library of Congress Call Number)

    92349 (Cat ID)

    92148 (Presto content ID)

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  • Name/Title
    Our first foreign war : the impact of the South African War 1899-1902 on New Zealand
  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    Massey University Press
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  • Physical Description

    415 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

  • Language
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
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  • Subject Category
  • Content
    Preface -- 1. 'The flag that floats over us': Patriotism and South Africa -- 2. 'Rally to the call of home and country': Domestic reaction to the war -- 3. 'An especially fine lot of fighting-men': The performance of New Zealand soldiers during the South African War -- 4. 'Loyalty to the British Empire': Maori responses to the South African War -- 5. 'Yelling yahoos in yellow': The behaviour of New Zealand soldiers during the South African War -- 6. 'Maimed, crippled and completely broken': The human cost of the war -- 7. 'These wars will always be popular': The economic impact of the South African War -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Glossary -- Acknowledgements -- About the author -- Index.
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: New Zealand. Army--History--19th century; New Zealand. Army--History--20th century; South African War, 1899-1902--Biography--Participation, New Zealand]

    Includes biographical references and index.

  • Subject Notes
    Nigel Robson is a senior historian at the Office of Maori Crown Relations ? Te Arawhiti.
  • Collection Type
    Reading Room
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023

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