Fighting War

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Fighting War: Anarchists, Wobblies & the New Zealand State 1905-1925, Rebel Press: Wellington, 2016

Fighting War explores the operation of state power in New Zealand, as wielded against the far-left in the years immediately before, during and after World War One. Employing his considerable talents as an archivist, Davidson uncovers an array of previously unconsidered primary documents to recount a sordid tale of state censorship, harassment, surveillance and deportations directed at the government’s revolutionary critics… Fighting War is an important contribution to the history of early 20th century radicalism, as well as the operation of state power in New Zealand.” Ryan Bodman, historian and author of A History of the Passive Resisters’ Union, 1912-1914