Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


The project undertaken is essentially tracing the difficulties and frustrations of New Zealand, as she desperately endeavored to defend herself against the threat of an invasion by Japan. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive survey of New Zealand during the war years, but covers only diplomatic and governmental procedures concerning defense. Within this framework of events is a description of a Dominion torn between intense loyalty to Great Britain and the need to never many of these bonds in the interest of self-preservation. It is a study of a country attempting to embark upon a course of national self-interest but finding that it cannot break a tradition cherished for over a century.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright, 1968 Allen Longe

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