Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War

Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War

Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War published by Canterbury University Press in association with the LHP and edited by LHP chair Mark Derby, will be released in May 2009.

Based on a TUHP seminar in November 2006, this is the first- ever account of New Zealand’s role in the civil war that tore Spain during 1936-39, and became a ruthless rehearsal for World War Two. Kiwi Companeros records the actions of the New Zealanders who took part, including those who worked for the Spanish cause at home. It draws on recently released military documents and previously unpublished photographs to tell the all-but-forgotten story of those who chose to enter a crucial conflict on the far side of the world.

Contributors: Peter Clayworth, Farrell Cleary, Mark Derby, Rosamunda Droescher, Lawrence Jones, Judith Keene, Malcolm McKinnon, James McNeish, Michael O’Shaughnessy, Dean Parker, Nicholas Reid, Anna Rogers, John Shennan, Susan Skudder and Kerry Taylor.

The editor, Mark Derby, is a writer and historian who has worked for Te Ara: the online encyclopaedia of New Zealand, the Waitangi Tribunal, and as South Pacific correspondent for Jornal Expresso, Portugal’s leading newspaper. He is chair of the Labour History Project and lives on Wellington’s south coast with his family.