History

A case study into Auckland’s history

Supervisor

Jennifer Frost & Linda Bryder
Faculty of Arts

Project code: ART001

This project will assist to advance the goals of the Auckland History Initiative (AHI), located in Faculty of Arts. The AHI seeks to engage with and capture the historical and cultural development, the vibrancy and diversity of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland and its importance to New Zealand life and beyond. In order to build up a framework for the study of Auckland’s multifaceted past, including urban, transnational, ethnic, cultural, social and environmental histories, the project will seek out archival material relevant to the study of Auckland history. Working with one of the AHI’s partners, such as the Auckland Council Heritage Section, the City Library and Research Centre, or the Auckland Museum, the scholar will undertake a case study that will show the potential use of local sources to construct stories around Auckland’s history, which will be featured on the AHI website.

War, law and international society: The Transactions of the Grotius Society in time of total war, 1915-1919A case study into Auckland’s history

Supervisor

Maartje Abbenhuis
Faculty of Arts

Project code: ART004

In 1915, in the midst of total war, a group of British international lawyers established the Grotius Society, an organisation that aimed at studying the impact of the First World War on the international law of war. The Society met regularly and published an annual review containing their analyses of key wartime issues under the title ‘Problems of the War’. Their focus ranged from the treatment of prisoners of war to bombardment techniques, from treason to the treatment of civilians in occupied territories, from the maintenance of neutrality to blockade tactics. Using the Transactions of the Grotius Society as their primary source base, the summer scholar will research the workings and findings of the society and place them within the wider historiography of the First World War.