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True To Ireland: Eire's 'conscientious objectors' in New Zealand in World War II

True To Ireland: Eire's 'conscientious objectors' in New Zealand in World War II (Paperback)

By Burke, Peter

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In the 1930s a number of Irishmen came to New Zealand to seek a better life, with many carrying bitter memories of the atrocities committed by the Black and Tans and the British during WWI and the early 1920s. With the onset of WWII came the threat of conscription into the armed ...forces. As citizens of a neutral country, many Irishmen refused to betray their homeland to fight for New Zealand and, by default, Britain. They formed the Eire National Association (ENA) to represent them in their battle against conscription, which not only opened discussions with the New Zealand government under Peter Fraser but also with the Irish prime minister, Eamon de Valera, thus pioneering direct diplomatic relations between the two countries. Peter Burke's father was one the group of immigrant Irishmen, and he documents the ENA's struggles with officials and politicians and how 155 Irishmen, including his father, faced deportation back to Ireland in the middle of WWII.
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ISBN 9780995110786
Published NZ 8 Mar 2019
Publisher The Cuba Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780995110786
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 5-12 working days
Publisher The Cuba Press
Imprint The Cuba Press
Published 8 Mar 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Burke, Peter
Category History
World History: Second World War
Australasian & Pacific history: Second World War
History of Specific Subjects
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 270
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 355.2240993
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade