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Associate Professor James Watson

Senior Historian

RAE - War Studies

Associate Professor

School of Humanities

Research Expertise

Research Interests

New Zealand political, social and economic history

Fascism

Rural history

History of technology

Transport history

Relationship between New Zealand and the United Kingdom

First World War

Winston Churchill

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British History (210305):
Comparative Government and Politics (160603):
European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) (210307): Historical Studies (210300): History And Archaeology (210000):
International Relations (160607): New Zealand Government and Politics (160608):
New Zealand History (210311):
Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

New Zealand political, social and economic history

Fascism

Rural history

History of technology

Transport history

Relationship between New Zealand and the United Kingdom

First World War

Winston Churchill

Research Outputs

Journal

Watson, J. (2015). Cultures and Caricatures of British Imperial Aviation : Passengers, Pilots, Publicity. BRITAIN AND THE WORLD. 8(2), 270-271
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2014). Book Review: 'Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99' by Geoffrey Rice. Takahe.
[Book Review]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2014). Book Review: 'Early Medical Practitioners in the Manawatu and Palmerston North' by Richard Rawstron. Manawatu Journal of History. , 77-78
[Book Review]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2014). How Palmerston North missed the tram. Manawatu Journal of History. (10), 22-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2014). J. C. Beaglehole: Public Intellectual, Critical Conscience. BRITAIN AND THE WORLD. 7(1), 119-121
[Book Review]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2012). Seeds of Empire: The Environmental Transformation of New Zealand. RURAL HISTORY-ECONOMY SOCIETY CULTURE. 23(2), 230-231
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2011). Book reveiw: Aftershocks: Politics and trauma in Britian, 1918-1931, by Kingsley Kent, S. (2009). Britain and the World. 4(1), 181-183 Retrieved from http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/pdfplus/10.3366/brw.2011.0017
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2011). Quarantine! Protecting New Zealand at the Border. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY. 85(4), 560-561
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2011). From faith to fortune: The TSB Bank story 1850-2010. New Zealand Journal of History. 45(1), 137-138
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2011). English Associationalism in the British Empire: Yorkshire societies in New Zealand before the First World War. BRITAIN AND THE WORLD. 4(1), 84-108
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2011). Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931. BRITAIN AND THE WORLD. 4(1), 181-183
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010). Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 44(1), 96-98
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Crawford, J., & Watson, J. (2010). 'The most appeasing line': New Zealand and Nazi Germany, 1935-40. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 38(1), 75-97
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2009). Book review: Beyong the battlefield: New Zealand and its allies 1939-1945, by Hensley, G. (2009). New Zealand Journal of Defence Studies. (4), 59-60
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2009). Book review: Terrace End: The sotyr of Palmerston North's first suburb, by O'Neill, G. (2009). The Manawatu Journal of History. (5), 75-77
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2008). Dominion of New Zealand: Statesmen and status 1907-1945. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 42(1), 106-108
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2008). Book review: Settlers: New Zealand immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland, 1800-1945, by Phillips, J., and Hearn, T. (2008). Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. 3(2), 101-102 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1177083X.2008.9522435
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2008). Fire technology in world history. New Zealand Science Teacher. (117), 4-5
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2005). Lyttelton: Port and town: An illustrated history.. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 39(2), 268-270
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2004). The significance of Mr. Richard Buckley's exploding trousers: Reflections on an aspect of technological change in New Zealand dairy farming between the world wars. Agricultural History. 78(3), 346-360
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2003). Tomorrow comes the song: A life of Peter Fraser. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 37(1), 101-102
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2003). Proportional Representation in New Zealand Local Government: STV and the Christchurch City Council, 1917-33. Political Science. 55(2), 39-45
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2002). The rural entrepreneurs: A history of the stock and station agent industry in Australia and New Zealand. POLITICAL SCIENCE. 54(2), 86-87
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2001). The Oxford companion to New Zealand military history. POLITICAL SCIENCE. 53(2), 73-74
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2001). Southern capital: Christchurch: Towards a city biography 1850-2000. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 35(2), 250-251
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2001). Book review: From the wireless to the web: The evolution of telecommunications 1901-2001, by Jensen, P.R. (2000). History Now. 7(3), 31-32
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Greenwood, B., & Watson, J. (2001). The 'famous northern union game': The rise and fall of rugby league in Wanganui, 1910-15. Sporting Traditions. 18(1), 33-41 Retrieved from http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingTraditions/2001/st1801/ST1801e.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2000). The history of policing in New Zealand, vo1 4, A policeman's paradise?: Policing a stable society 1918-1945. POLITICAL SCIENCE. 52(2), 185-186
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2000). Unofficial channels: Letters between Alister McIntosh and Foss Shanahan, George Laking and Frank Corner, 1946-1966. POLITICAL SCIENCE. 52(1), 85-86
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (1999). DSIR: Making science work for New Zealand. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 33(2), 264-265
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
WATSON, J. (1995). WIRE AND WIRELESS - A HISTORY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN NEW-ZEALAND, 1860-1987 - WILSON,AC. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 29(1), 114-115
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
WATSON, J. (1993). VOTERS CHOICE - ELECTORAL CHANGE IN NEW-ZEALAND - CATT,H, HARRIS,P, ROBERTS,NS. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY. 39(3), 472-473
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (1990). Were Catholics Over-Represented in the Public Service During the Early Twentieth Century?. Political Science. 42(2), 20-34
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.
WATSON, J. (1989). NO MEAN CITY - CHRISTCHURCHS LABOR CITY COUNCIL DURING THE DEPRESSION, 1927-35. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF HISTORY. 23(2), 124-141
[Journal article]Authored by: Watson, J.

Book

Harper, GJ. (2016). The New Zealand soldier of the First World War 1914-15: Johnny Enzed. In J. Crawford, D. Littlewood, & J. Watson (Eds.) Experience of a lifetime: People, personalities and leaders in the First World War. (pp. 62 - 82). Auckland: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Harper, G.Edited by: Littlewood, D., Watson, J.
Crawford, J., Littlewood, DC., & Watson, J. (Eds.) (2016). Experience of a lifetime: People, personalities and leaders in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Littlewood, D., Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2012). '"Cooked in True Yorkshire fashion": Regional Identity and English Associational Life in New Zealand before the First World War'.. In T. BUELTMANN, DT. GLEESON, & DM. MACRAILD (Eds.) Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010.. (pp. 1 - 246). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2011). Arthur Pearce's Konaki. In F. McKergow, & K. Taylor (Eds.) Te Hao Nui: The Great Catch. Auckland: Random House
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2011). The greatest commercial traveller in the Empire: Massey and trade. In J. Watson, & L. Paterson (Eds.) A Great New Zealand Prime Minister: Reappraising William Ferguson Massey. (pp. 121 - 131). New Zealand: Otago University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J., & Paterson, L. (2011). Introduction. In J. Watson, & L. Paterson (Eds.) A Great New Zealand Prime Minister? Reappraising William Ferguson Massey. (pp. 7 - 14). New Zealand: Otago University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
(2011). A great New Zealand Prime Minister? Reappraising William Ferguson Massey. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press
[Edited Book]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J.(2011). WF Massey: New Zealand: Makers of the modern world: The peace conferences of 1919-23 and their aftermath. United Kingdom: Haus Publishing Ltd
[Authored Book]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2007). Patriotism, profits and problems: New Zealand farming during the Great War. In J. Crawford, & I. McGibbon (Eds.) New Zealand's Great War: New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War. (pp. 534 - 549). Auckland, NZ: Exisle Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2005). 'I am Irish myself': W.F. Massey and Ireland, 1912-25. In B. Patterson (Ed.) Ulster-New Zealand migration and cultural transfers. (pp. 255 - 262). Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2004). Links to Limavady: Ulster in William Ferguson Massey's character and career. In BP. Ed (Ed.) From Ulster to New Ulster: The 2003 Ulster-New Zealand Lectures. (pp. 75 - 87). Coleraine, Northern Ireland: Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies, University of Ulster, Norther Ireland
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2002). Seijikaikaku no hookoosei (Direction of Political Reform).. In FT. Ed (Ed.) Nijuisseiki: Nihon no saikoochiku: Nyujiirando ni manabu. (pp. 133 - 160). Kyoto, Japan: Fumitoshi Takahashi
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2000). Transport. In New Zealand Official Yearbook 2000. Auckland, NZ: David Bateman
[Chapter]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J.(1996). Links: A history of transport and New Zealand society. New Zealand: GP Publications
[Authored Book]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J.(1989). Along the hills: A history of the Heathcote Road Board and the Heathcote County Council, 1864-1989. New Zealand: Heathcote County Council
[Authored Book]Authored by: Watson, J.

Thesis

Littlewood, D. (2015). The tool and instrument of the military? : the operations of the military service tribunals in the East Central Division of the West Riding of Yorkshire and those of the military service boards in New Zealand, 1916-1918. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey Univeristy, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Littlewood, D.Edited by: Griffiths, J., Watson, J.

Report

Belgrave, MP., Bennett, AL., Millner, JP., James, A., Anderson, C., Belgrave, DC., . . . Joy, MK.(2008). Raukawa waterways and environmental impact.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Anderson, C., Belgrave, D., Belgrave, M., Bennett, A., Joy, M., Millner, J., Procter, J., Watson, J.

Conference

Watson, J. (2014, August). 'The Leadership Styles of Churchill and Kitchener: the Dardanelles and Alexandretta'. Presented at Experience of a Lifetime
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J.(2014, August). 'The Leadership Styles of Churchill and Kitchener: the Dardanelles and Alexandretta'. .
[Conference]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2013, November). 'The Tyranny of Distance: New Zealand Meat Exports during the First World War'. Presented at Rethinking the First World War, Victoria University of Wellington
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2013). 'New Zealand and the United Kingdom's "Atlantic orientation" during World War One'. Presented at Rural History 2013 Conference of the European Rural History Organisation. University of Bern, Switzerland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J.(2013). 'New Zealand and the United Kingdom's "Atlantic Orientation" during World War One'. .
[Conference]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2013, April). Reconsidering the 'Protein Bridge': New Zealand's Reluctant Involvement in the War against Germany (1939-40) and its Role in Supplying the United Kingdom with Food and Fibre. Presented at The Dominions and the Second World War. Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2012, November). New Zealand and 'the Year of the PLO' (1974). Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Conference, 2012. Victoria University of Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2012, November). The enduring tyranny of distance: New Zealand meat exports in the first world war. Presented at Endurance and the first world war conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010, October). The New Zealand Government's Attitude to Appeasement and Nazi Germany. Presented at New Zealand History Teachers' Association Conference 2010 Pedagogy, Politics and Place - Past and Present
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010, July). Conference Presentation: '"Cooked in True Yorkshire Fashion": Yorkshire Societies in New Zealand before the First World War'.. Presented at English Diaspora. University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010, July). W F Massey and Ulster. Presented at 17th Australasian Irish Studies Conference. Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010, October). The New Zealand Government's attitude to appeasement and Nazi Germany. Presented at New Zealand History Teachers Association Conference 2010 Pedagogy, Politics and Place - Past and Present. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010, September). When food-miles really mattered: New Zealand meat exports and the First World War. Presented at Rural History Conference2010. University of Sussex, SSX, England.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2007, September). Politics. Presented at Ulster and New Zealand: Establishing a Future Research Agenda: Workshop. Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2007, January). Strikebreakers. Presented at Trans Tasman Labour History Conference. Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2006, December). The greatest commercial traveller in the empire. Presented at Massey@Massey: Reappraising the Life and Times of William Ferguson Massey. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2006). Trams, treats and topography: The trials of a public transport system in Christchurch 1878-1932. In CL. Miller, & MM. Roche (Eds.) Past Matters: Heritage, History and the Built Environment: Proceedings from the 8th Australasian Urban History / Planning History Conference. (pp. 505 - 514).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2005, November). New Zealand's tramways and the study of urban history. Presented at The New Zealand Historical Association Biennial Conference. The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2004, April). Reflections. Presented at The New Zealand Scots: Establishing a Research Agenda. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2004, July). "I am Irish myself": W. F. Massey and Ireland. Presented at The Hidden Irish: Ulster/New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfers. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2003, November). Patriotism, profits and problems: New Zealand farming during the Great War. Presented at Zealandia's Great War. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2000, June). Proportional representation in local government elections: The example of the Christchurch City Council, 1917-33. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference 2000. University of Otago, Dunedin.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.

Other

Watson, J. (2015, June). 'Keeping the Home Fires Burning in Taranaki during the First World War', Public Lecture at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2014, August). 'Gallipoli, Churchill and Kitchener': Invited Chunuk Bair Public Lecture, 2014.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2013, July). 'How William Ferguson Massey Became Prime Minister of New Zealand', public lecture at Limavady, Northern Ireland.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2013). New Zealand historiography and transport. (pp. 159 - 167).
[Other]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2012, October). The rise and fall of a maritime superpower: The British empire: Presentation to University of the Third Age, Palmerston North, 24 Oct. 2012.. In Superpowers? A Programme of Seminars of the University of the Third Age [U3A] Manawatu Committe, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010). Encyclopaedia Entry: Transport. (pp. 1 - 9). Ministry for Culture and Heritage
[Other]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2010). Television Interview: Peter Fraser: Behind the scenes. Maori Television
[Other]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2009, August). Transport and Communication in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand to Year 13 History Seminar Programme, 2009.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2009). The Most Appeasing Line: New Zealand's First Labour Government and Nazi Germany 1935-40. Presented at Massey University, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2008). Encyclopaedia Entry: Farm mechanisation. (pp. 1 - 12). Ministry for Culture and Heritage
[Other]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2008). Encylopaedia Entry: New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 4). Oxford University Press
[Other]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2006). Trouble with trams: Christchurch's tramways, 1878-1932. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2006, October). Invited Speaker at Book launch: Ulster enterprise and public service in New Zealand and Victoria: JSM Thompson and GV Shannon. In Fielding Historical Society. Presented at Fielding, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2006, June). Rural and urban health: Some historical reflections. In MidCentral Health. Presented at Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2004, March). [Untitled]. : Levin Branch of New Zealand Society of Genealogists.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2004, August). Bill Massey and Ireland. : School of History, Philosophy and Politics, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Pain, S. (2004). Farmer Buckley's exploding trousers. (pp. 48 - 49).
[Other]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2003, July). Lecture on William Ferguson Massey. : Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies, University of Ulster.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2003, November). Transport through the ages in New Zealand. : Age Concern.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2003, July). Links to Limavady: Aspects of the character and career of William Ferguson Massey. : Limavady College of Further and Higher Education, Limavady, UK.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2002, April). Technology and Time. : Teachers Refresher Course Committee.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J. (2000, September). New Zealand proportional representation in historical perspective. : School of History, Philosophy and Politics, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Watson, J.
Watson, J.Radio Interview: Exploding trousers. Radio New Zealand
[Other]Authored by: Watson, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - David Charles Littlewood - PhD
    The Tool and Instrument of the Military?: The Operations of the Military Service Tribunals in the East Central Division of the West Riding of Yorkshire and those of the Military Service Boards in New Zealand, 1916-1918
  • 2008 - Reginald Hedley Newell - PhD
    New Zealand's forgotten warriors: 3NZ Division in the South Pacific in World War II
  • 1995 - Mr John Martin Battersby - PhD
    The United Nations and New Zealand Security Policy, 1945-1960

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2008 - William Greenwood - PhD
    Class, conflict and the clash of codes: The introduction of Rugby League in New Zealand: 1908-1920
  • 2007 - Graham John Hucker - PhD
    The Rural Home Front. A New Zealand Region and the Great War, 1914-1926
  • 2006 - Miss Claire Elizabeth Robinson - PhD
    Advertising and the Market Orientation of Political Parties Contesting the 1999 and 2002 New Zealand General Election Campaigns

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