This thesis analyses New Zealand's employment of Maori, Fijian and Tongan soldiers during the Second World War. Indigenous leaders mobilised their peoples but argued that wartime service should translate into greater political, social and economic rights. Maori were enlisted under the same conditions of service as Europeans but confronted the legacy of social and educational inequalities. In Fiji and, to a lesser extent, Tonga, the conditions of service replicated pre-war racial and financial divisions and maintained European control over leadership positions. The disparities narrowed during the war, but military service did not translate into full political, economic and social equality.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||21 Oct 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|