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The White Ships: New Zealand's First World War Hospital Ships

The White Ships: New Zealand's First World War Hospital Ships

Author: Gavin McLean
$60.00(NZD)  inc GST
Description

This first book in the Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War tells the story of the hospital ships. Based on extensive research, it brings to life a mixed crew of ship-owners, politicians, mariners, doctors, nurses and patients as they battle sea-sickness, explore foreign lands, pull rank, mutiny, squabble over privileges and bitch about food while sitll managing to care for patients under difficult and often dangerous circumstances. Life on a hospital ship was no pleasure cruise. Much more than a book directed at maritime or medical history buffs, The White Ships illustrates many of the war's big issues. It explores the role of government, from the relationship between the governor and his ministers to New Zealand's relationship with British officials, especially over transport allocation. On the home front, it examines community fundraising and soldier support, attitudes to alcohol, labour relations and - using private business records - the vexed question of war profits and profiteering.

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General Fields

  • : 9780473249779
  • : New Zealand Ship & Marine Society Incorporated
  • : New Zealand Ship and Marine Society
  • : January 2013
  • : 297mm X 210mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 359.83640993
  • : 208
  • : Colour and black & white
  • : Gavin McLean