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Wed 6 May 2015, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


New Zealand Society and Making Sense of World War One
A free public talk by Steven Loveridge

Contrary to notions of a meaningless conflict, the First World War has, from its outbreak, had an abundance of meanings layered upon it. And contrary to the idea that the government pushed a reluctant nation into war, across 1914-1918, New Zealand society, pursuing a war effort sustained by immense emotional as well as physical resources, expressed its commitment through the evocation of various sentiments and values.

The endeavour to comprehend the war extended beyond those in favour of the war. Those outside the wartime consensus crafted dissenting interpretations which referenced their own various touchstones.

Lastly, this phenomena is evident in New Zealand history past 1918 as society revisited and revalued the conflict to reflect contemporary circumstances and concerns. This talk offers an overview of some of the major meanings by which New Zealand society has comprehended the war and some of their historical implications.

Steven Loveridge
Steven Loveridge holds a PhD in history from Victoria University and has published and taught on various aspects of the First World War. His book Calls to Arms: New Zealand Society and Commitment to the Great War was published by Victoria University Press in 2014.

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