Project Title: Politics of forgetting – the New Zealand/Greek relationship: 1941-1945

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell

Project Abstract: This is a study which examines the relationship between two previously unconnected nations and with a genesis during two, in part, simultaneous wars – the international conflict of the Second World War and Greek civil war. It explores the complex links between the two during the global conflict and how conscious decisions-making by the national leadership of one of the countries (New Zealand) presented an official history and commemoration that navigated a path through the highly politicised and sometimes violent relations between the two countries. It is thus a study of the mechanisms by which the complexities of other societies with which the nation has had dealings are disregarded by national decision makers in the process of fashioning one’s own national self-image.

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