The Home Front: New Zealand society and the war effort, 1914–1919
By Steven Loveridge and James Watson
The Great War is now typically regarded as senseless and futile, but most New Zealanders at the time, rightly or wrongly, considered it to be a war to preserve security and freedoms, to punish an aggressive enemy, and to win a better world.
Yet the war years proved a tumultuous time, and bitterness and animosities ran alongside idealism and sacrifice. Divisive issues, economic volatility and a rising death toll all threatened resolve. The Home Front offers a compelling account of how a small and developing country confronted the complex questions and brutal realities of a world war.