Event Date: 2 July 2014
Birkbeck, University of London
London, WC1E 7HX
The New Zealand Studies Network presents:
Professor James Belich (Oxford) – Better Britons? NZ, Britain and World War One
This lecture considers the effects on each other of New Zealand collective identities and the Great War. Was the shift in the New Zealand self-image during and after the war Anzac, nationalist, or ‘Better British’? The lecture also sets the issue of settler colonial identities in a wider comparative context.
James Belich completed his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford, while on a Rhodes Scholarship, then worked as a historian and university lecturer in New Zealand. He held the Inaugural Keith Sinclair Chair in History at the University of Auckland and then became Research Professor of History at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Georgetown, and Melbourne. His books include a two-volume history of New Zealand, Making Peoples and Paradise Reforged, and The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict, which was later made into a television documentary series. His latest book is Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-world, 1783 -1939 (2009). Since 2011, he has been Beit Professor of Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History. He is currently working on the causes of early European expansion.
Introduction by Professor Rod Edmond (Kent):