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dc.contributor.authorCarr, Carolyn Jane
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-21T00:38:17Z
dc.date.available2011-10-21T00:38:17Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/2774
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. (New Zealand Expeditionary Force) that were published during World War I from August 1916 until January 1919, and their usefulness for historical research. The thesis explores how they were published, their purpose and the role of the editor Clutha Mackenzie. The content for a sample of issues that cover New Zealand’s participation in the First Battle of the Somme (1916) and the Third Battle of Ypres (1917), also known as Passchendaele, is analysed and the contributors and correspondents identified. The same sample of issues are studied in detail and compared and contrasted to ascertain how these battles are written about in the Chronicles and how useful this material might be for historical research. The thesis finds that the Chronicles mostly succeeded in meeting its three aims. These were to be a means of communicating with the New Zealand troops in all theatres of the war and in the United Kingdom as well as with the people back in New Zealand, to provide a record of how the money raised in New Zealand to support the troops was being spent, and to be a medium for the literary efforts of the troops. Assisted by some influential supporters, both civilian and to a lesser extent the military authorities, the editor played a key role in starting the Chronicles and in all aspects of their production, including funding, content and distribution, which ensured their continuous publication for more than two years. As a source for historical research the thesis finds that they do not add to the existing battle narratives about the New Zealanders’ part in the Somme and Passchendaele. However the variety of detail on army organisation and everyday life at the front provides a rich and largely under-utilised source of material for social and cultural studies. They also offer a window through which to view the thoughts and feelings of the New Zealand soldier in the First World War.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectChronicles of the N.Z.E.F.en_US
dc.subjectClutha N. Mackenzieen_US
dc.subjectNew Zealand Expeditionary Forceen_US
dc.subjectNew Zealand soldiers' writingsen_US
dc.subjectWorld War Ien_US
dc.subjectHistoriographyen_US
dc.subjectHistoryen_US
dc.subjectNew Zealand periodicalsen_US
dc.subjectFirst World War
dc.subjectWorld War One
dc.title'A most creditable production' : Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. (New Zealand Expeditionary Force), 1916-1919 : their publication and utility for historical research : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineDefence and Strategic Studies
thesis.degree.grantorMassey University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Philosophy (M.Phil.)


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