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‘To Be Truly British We Must Be Anti-German’

New Zealand, Enemy Aliens and the Great War Experience, 1914-1919

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Andrew Francis

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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    • History (HB)
      • Regional & national history (HBJ)
        • Australasian & Pacific history (HBJM)
      • History: earliest times to present day (HBL)
        • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 (HBLL)
      • History: specific events & topics (HBT)
        • Social & cultural history (HBTB)

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    • HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand (HIS004000)
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    • HISTORY / Europe / Germany (HIS014000)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain (HIS015000)

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    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
      • Australasian & Pacific history (NHM)
      • History: specific events & topics (NHT)
        • Social & cultural history (NHTB)
        • National liberation & independence, post-colonialism (NHTR)
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      • Western Europe (1DD)
        • Ireland (1DDR)
      • Central Europe (1DF)
        • Germany (1DFG)
    • Australiasia, Oceania & Other land areas (1M)
      • Oceania (1MK)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 (3MN)
        • Later 19th century c 1850 to c 1899 (3MNQ)
          • Victorian Britain (3MNQ-GB-V)
          • c 1890 to c 1899 (3MNQZ)
            • Germany: the age of Imperialism (1890–1914) (3MNQZ-DE-D)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
        • Early 20th century c 1900 to c 1950 (3MPB)
      • 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (3MR)