A country of inveterate, backwoods, thick-headed, egotistical philistines

The period of the Liberal government in New Zealand from 1890 to 1912, was one of unprecedented general prosperity – in comparison with the rest of the world – the […]

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Workers who stood for King and Country in 1914

While in 1914 the political appeal of “King and country” was comparatively weak among workers in Australasia, the social basis of national chauvinism was highly developed. The split in the […]

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‘Defence of the Fatherland’ in the Australasian Dominions

On 4 August 1914, as the guns of the First Imperialist World War began sounding, the Socialist International shattered into a thousand fragments. The International had been built through sustained […]

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