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The costs of war, Jock Phillips

Gallipoli to the Somme: Recollections of a New Zealand Infantryman Alexander Aitken (Alex Calder ed) Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408817 Odyssey of the Unknown Anzac David Hastings Auckland University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781869408824 As we come towards the end…
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Historical revisionism, Kirstie Ross

Phoney Wars: New Zealand Society in the Second World War Stevan Eldred-Grigg with Hugh Eldred-Grigg Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780947522230 The first Anzac Day during WWII shows us some of the multifarious, sometimes conflicting views of the war and…
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Bustling energy, Kate Hunter

Make Her Praises Heard Afar: New Zealand Women Overseas in World War One Jane Tolerton Booklovers Press, $60.00, ISBN 9780473399658 As many scholars have observed, it is very difficult to write a history of women and war. Not only is…
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Getting the archive to the people, Matariki Williams

He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869408664 This book is weighty with expectation, what unfolds within its covers being immediately problematised by the title, He Reo…
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Posthumous vindication, David V Williams

After the Treaty: The Settler State, Race Relations and Power in Colonial New Zealand Brad Patterson, Richard S Hill and Kathryn Patterson (eds) Steele Roberts, $40.00, ISBN 9780947493158 There was a time in New Zealand when university historians took umbrage…
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Colliding pasts, Lydia Wevers

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds Anne Salmond Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408657   The cover blurb suggests Tears of Rangi is Anne Salmond’s “most ambitious book to date”, and in many respects this is the case, since in…
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Grudging nationalist, Mark Williams

Charles Brasch: Journals 1945-1957 Peter Simpson (ed) Otago University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781927322284 I approached this book rather in the spirit of someone visiting a civic monument to a figure august and admired, but obscurely known. In the late 1980s,…
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Championing indigenous art histories, Stella Ramage

Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki Conal McCarthy and Mark Stocker (eds) Victoria University Press, $80.00, ISBN 9781776561094 The Gedenkschrift – essays by colleagues collected in posthumous commemoration of an esteemed academic – is an…
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Getting the news out, James Norcliffe

Surviving 7.8: New Zealanders Respond to the Earthquakes of November 2016 Phil Pennington and Radio New Zealand HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775541103   New Zealanders, Cantabrians in particular, have, over the last half-dozen years, become reluctant experts in earthquakes. We have…
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Changing times, David Grant

The New Zealand Labour Party 1916–2016 Peter Franks and Jim McAloon Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776560745 Researching a history of conservative political parties in New Zealand would be relatively straight-forward. The Reform/National Parties have, from their early beginnings to…
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