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Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920
 

Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920 (Paperback)

By Davidson, Jared

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In 1918, from deep within the West Coast bush, a miner on the run from the military wrote a letter to his sweetheart. Two months later he was in jail. Like millions of others, his letter had been steamed open by a team of censors shrouded in secrecy. Using their confiscated mail ...as a starting point, Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920 reveals the remarkable stories of people caught in the web of wartime surveillance. Among them were a feisty German-born socialist, a Norwegian watersider, an affectionate Irish nationalist, a love-struck miner, an aspiring Maxim Gorky, a cross-dressing doctor, a nameless rural labourer, an avid letter writer with a hatred of war, and two mystical dairy farmers with a poetic bent. Military censorship within New Zealand meant that their letters were stopped, confiscated and filed away, sealed and unread for over 100 years. Until now. Intimate and engaging, this dramatic narrative weaves together the personal and political, bringing to light the reality of wartime censorship. In an age of growing state power, new forms of surveillance and control, and fragility of the right to privacy and freedom of opinion, Dead Letters is a startling reminder that we have been here before.
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ISBN 9781988531526
Published NZ 28 Feb 2019
Publisher Otago University Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781988531526
Stock Available
Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Published 28 Feb 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Davidson, Jared
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
World History: First World War
Military History
Political Oppression & Persecution
War & Defence Operations
Battles & Campaigns
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 383.499309041
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1914-1918 - Censorship - New Zealand, Postcard surveillance - History - 20th century - New Zealand, Military surveillance - History - 20th century - New Zealand, Subversive activities - History - 20th century - New Zealand, Censorship - History - 20th century - New Zealand
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade

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