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Our First Foreign War


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Preface 9 1. 'The flag that floats over us' Patriotism and South Africa 17 2. 'Rally to the call of home and country' Domestic reaction to the war 33 3. 'An especially fine lot of fighting-men' The performance of New Zealand soldiers during the South African War 87 4. 'Loyalty to the British Empire' Maori responses to the South African War 139 5. 'Yelling yahoos in yellow' The behaviour of New Zealand soldiers during the South African War 167 6. 'Maimed, crippled and completely broken' The human cost of the war 219 7. 'These wars will always be popular' The economic impact of the South African War 275 Epilogue 335 Notes 344 Glossary 398 Acknowledgements 400 About the author 401 Index 402

About the Author

Nigel Robson is a senior historian at the Office of Maori Crown Relations Te Arawhiti. He has contributed articles to journals, including 'A Warrior Chief: Tuta Nihoniho, Porourangi and Maori in the Second Boer War 1899-1902', The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society (2012), and presented conference papers, including 'Chinaman and trooper', a paper examining the impact of the South African War on New Zealand's Chinese community and 'What a Trophy for one Christian to loot from another!', a paper which examined the looting of religious items by New Zealand soldiers in South Africa during the South African War. This is his first book.


'. . . an important and timely study. It has taken far too long for a scholar to analyse the domestic impacts of the South African War - hopefully Robson's compelling lead will soon inspire many other researchers to follow' - David Littlewood, Kete

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