This book is a collection of essays arising out of the ‘Zealandia’s Great War’ conference organised by the New Zealand Military History Committee in November 2003. In 32 essays by distinguished military historians from New Zealand and around the world, various aspects of New Zealand’s involvement in World War One are discussed. Subjects include the Pioneer Maori Battalion, women who opposed the war, the early years of the RSA, Gallipoli, the infantry on the Somme, New Zealand’s involvement in the naval war, prostitution and the New Zealand soldier, the Home Defence, religion in the First World War, and the Armistice.
New Zealand’s Great War is a fascinating miscellany of informed comment on and insight into the event that did most to shape New Zealand as a nation. Contributors include New Zealand’s own Chris Pugsley, Glyn Harper, Terry Kinloch, Monty Soutar, Megan Hutching, Vincent Orange and Bronwyn Dalley, as well as Peter Dennis, Jeffrey Grey, Jennifer Keene, Jenny McLeod, Pierre Purseigle, Peter Stanley and Gary Sheffield from overseas.
John Crawford is the New Zealand Defence Force’s historian. He is the author of Operation East Timor (with Glyn Harper), the editor of Kia Kaha: New Zealand in the Second World War, and jointly edited One Flag, One Queen, One Tongue with Ian McGibbon.
Ian McGibbon, ONZM, D Litt, is general editor of war history at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. He has written or edited eight books, including The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History and Gallipoli: A guide to New Zealand battlefields and memorials.