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Political and External Affairs


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I. New Zealand Government Records

This book is largely based on the confidential records of the New Zealand Government, more particularly but not exclusively those of the Prime Minister's Department and the Department of External Affairs. These records are unpublished—save for the useful but necessarily limited selection included in the War History programme—and in the foreseeable future unpublishable. Their physical bulk is enormous. Documents of purely historical interest are filed along with others which are closely associated with current business or with the affairs of other governments, and retain an obviously confidential character. Even the location of particular documents is not fixed: they may still be re-arranged to provide documentation for departmental studies. Some few memoranda, being on wartime paper, were on the point of disintegration when consulted, and may never be seen again. Others remain outside the official system altogether. None of them can be consulted without permission. In all these circumstances it seemed inappropriate to burden the text with the complex symbols used in departmental filing systems, or in general to give detailed references to documents which remain inaccessible. Such symbols and references are, however, recorded in material deposited with the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.

This material includes correspondence—some of Lord Freyberg's comments are cited in the text—but ranges through newspaper cuttings and such collections as the Chiefs-of-Staff papers to ‘file material’ proper and finally to volumes which in bulk and precision differ little from books of a high standard. The general plan of War History research envisaged a history of each government department, and a series of ‘narratives’ which would accumulate the facts about specified topics and provide a key to sources. I am particularly indebted to the fine work of this character done under my direction by Messrs Witheford and O'Shea and Miss Lissington. References to it, and to other narratives and departmental histories, are given in the typescript version of this book, together with indications of filed sources, whether or not they have passed through this particular form of scrutiny. A copy of this version, together with copies of both histories and narratives, is held by the War History Branch. Where possible, quotations in the printed text taken from confidential documents are supported by dates, the names of correspondents, etc., or by reference to such published material as has been drawn upon in the files. It should be noted, in particular, that the newspaper cuttings collected by government information services have been of great help in some areas of research as an index to a rich but normally uncharted mass of material.

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II. Contemporary Printed Sources, Memoirs and Collections of Documents

III. Selected Secondary Sources

  • Beaglehole, J. C., ed. New Zealand and the Statute of Westminster. Wellington, 1944.

  • Belshaw, H., ed. New Zealand. Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1947.

  • Brown, B. M., New Zealand Labour Party, 1916–1935. Unpublished thesis, Victoria University Library, 1955.

  • Carter, G. M., The British Commonwealth and International Security; the role of the Dominions, 1919–1939. Toronto, 1947.

  • Casey, R. G., The Conduct of Australian Foreign Policy. 1952 (pamphlet).

  • Condliffe, J. B., ed. Problems of the Pacific. New York, 1927.

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  • Dawson, R. M., Canada in World Affairs, Vol. II: Two Years of War, 1939–41. New York, 1943.

  • Elliott, W. Y. and Hall, H. D., eds. The British Commonwealth at War. New York, 1943.

  • Evatt, H. V., Australian Foreign Policy. Sydney, 1945.

  • Evatt, H. V., Australia in World Affairs. Sydney, 1946.

  • Feis, H., The Road to Pearl Harbour. Princeton, 1950.

  • Foreign Affairs. New York, quarterly.

  • Gillespie, O. A., The Pacific. Wellington, 1952.

  • Hare, A. E. C., Report on Industrial Relations in New Zealand. Wellington, 1946.

  • Hasluck, P., The Government and the People, 1939–1941. Canberra, 1952.

  • Hinsley, F. H., ‘Mr. Churchill's Second War’. Cambridge Journal, Vol. IV, p. 415. Cambridge, 1951.

  • Jenkins, D. R., Social Attitudes in the New Zealand School Journal. Wellington, 1939 (pamphlet).

  • Jones, F. C., Japan's New Order in East Asia. London, 1954.

  • Keesing, F. M., Modern Samoa. London, 1934.

  • Kirk, G., The Middle East in the War. London, 1952.

  • McNeill, W. H., America, Britain and Russia, their Co-operation and Conflict, 1941–1946. London, 1953.

  • Mendelssohn, Peter de, Nuremberg Documents; some aspects of German War Policy, 1939–1945. London, 1946.

  • Milner, I. F. G., New Zealand's Interests and Policies in the Far East. New York, 1939.

  • New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Western Samoa. Wellington, 1937 (pamphlet).

  • New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Contemporary New Zealand. Wellington, 1939.

  • Pacific Affairs. New York, quarterly.

  • Playfair, I. S. O., The Mediterranean and the Middle East, (2 vols). London, 1954–6.

  • Salvemini, G., Prelude to World War II. London, 1953.

  • Seibert, C. F. E., The Anzac Pact. Unpublished thesis in Victoria University Library, 1950.

  • Stewart, W. D., Sir Francis H. D. Bell. Wellington, 1937.

  • Thorn, J., Peter Fraser. London, 1952.

  • Wall, B. H., Massey and the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. Unpublished thesis in Victoria University Library.

  • Walters, F. P., A History of the League of Nations. London, 1952.

  • Williams, Francis, Press, Parliament and People. London, 1946.

  • Wilmot, C., The Struggle for Europe. London, 1952.

  • Zimmern, A., The League of Nations and the Rule of Law, 1918–1935. London, 1936.

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