25 Oct 2019

9: The First World War

From The Aotearoa History Show, 7:00 am on 25 October 2019

The First World War changed New Zealand, but did we really become a nation on the beaches of Gallipoli? In this episode we look at World War I, how it began, why we got involved and its lasting impact. Plus, the influenza epidemic that followed.

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Topics covered 

  • The basics of WWI, how it started, who were the major belligerents
  • Trench warfare and the establishment of the “Western Front”
  • The logic behind the Dardanelles campaign and how it went wrong
  • Why Pākehā signed up to fight
  • Why some Māori wanted to fight
  • Opposition to the conflict, including from figures like Rua Kenana and Te Puea Hērangi 
  • The role of women in the war, including in the armed services, as civilian workers, and as volunteers at home and overseas. 
  • Analysis of the emphasis that has been put on the importance of WWI for NZ “nationhood”
  • NZ’s capture of German Samoa 
  • The 1918 influenza outbreak, including its effects on Samoa


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