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This is an auction for a volume in the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45.


Published by the Historical Publications Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs in 1971.

"This volume is a study of New Zealand during World War II. Its primary concern is with the Dominion's external relations, and with domestic trends which influenced external policy. Purely military and economic affairs are excluded; but strategic and economic problems are discussed when they reacted upon opinion and policy-making... The terminal date is the end of fighting against Japan. Already by this time, however, the main problems of the ensuing period - and New Zealand's policy towards them - had become clear. Again, the character of New Zealand's war-making was only intelligible as a sequel to pre-war trends; and these are accordingly analysed. The book is based on a wide range of information, much of which is unpublished and which has hitherto been confidential. This volume is accordingly not only a detailed account of New Zealand life and thinking during a critical period; it is a serious contribution to the understanding of events of world importance with which New Zealand was associated. British Commonwealth intervention in Greece in 1941 is a notable case in point; but there is fresh and interesting information on the discussion of war aims in 1939, on relations with Russia, policy towards Japan, the relations between the United States and the smaller members of the United Nations, and on the planning of the post-war world."

Hardback 1971.

396 pages.

Illustrations and maps throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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