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HIST224 Anzac and Its Legacy: New Zealand and the First World War

An intensive study of New Zealanders’ involvement in the First World War both as fighting soldiers and civilians, incorporating Australian, British, North American and European comparative elements.

Every year interest grows in New Zealand's involvement in Gallipoli and the Western Front during the First World War, especially so as we move into the centenary years that will be marked all over New Zealand by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and local committees. This paper will tap into that interest by examining in detail New Zealand's involvement in this calamity, as well as making comparisons with the Australian and Canadian military experience, along with the home front experience of Canada, Britain, the United States, France and Germany. This approach enables students to investigate what was distinctive about the New Zealand experience and connects them to the rich written and visual sources available on the First World War.

Paper title Anzac and Its Legacy: New Zealand and the First World War
Paper code HIST224
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
HIST 105
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Professor Tom Brooking

Matthew Wright, Shattered Glory: The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front, (Auckland: Penguin, 2nd edition, 2017)

Damien Fenton et al, New Zealand and the First World War: 1914-1919. (Auckland: Ministry of Culture and Heritage/Penguin, 2013)

Christopher Pugsley, The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and the Empire in the First World War, (Auckland: Reed, 2004)

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories and current areas of debate in the study of New Zealand's involvement in WWI.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 15:00-15:50 29, 32, 34, 38, 40
T2 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 29, 32, 34, 38, 40
T3 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29, 32, 34, 38, 40