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Dr David Littlewood BA, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Lecturer

School of Humanities

I came to New Zealand from the UK in 2007 and have been at Massey ever since. My PhD thesis compared the operations of the British Military Service Tribunals with those of the New Zealand Military Service Boards between 1916 and 1918. Articles based on this research have appeared in War in History and the New Zealand Journal of History, with the thesis as a whole to be published as a book by Routledge in 2017. I am the recipient of a Marsden Grant from the Royal Society to examine New Zealand's introduction of conscription during the Second World War.

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 86067
    Location: 4.38, Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • BA (History) - The University of Nottingham (2005)
  • BA (Hons) (History) - Massey University (2008)
  • MA (History) - Massey University (2010)
  • PhD (History) - Massey University (2015)

Prizes and Awards

  • Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant - The Royal Society of New Zealand (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

- The implementation of military conscription in Britain and New Zealand during the two world wars 

- British and New Zealand society during the two world wars

- New Zealand political and social history

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British History (210305): Historical Studies (210300): History And Archaeology (210000): New Zealand History (210311)

Keywords

War and Society, Conscription, Great War, Second World War Military Service Boards, Military Service Tribunals

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Current Projects

Project Title: 'A Union of Hearts and Wills?' Second World War Conscription and New Zealand Society

Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Littlewood, DC. (2017). Why Did Some New Zealanders Fight to Stay at Home?. : New Zealand WW100
[Internet publication]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2016). The dutifully reluctant: New Zealanders' appeals for exemption from conscription, 1916-1918. New Zealand Journal of History. 50(2), 26-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2014). 'Willing and eager to go in their turn'? Appeals for exemption from military service in New Zealand and Great Britain, 1916-1918. War in History. 21(3), 338-354 Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2015). The ANZACS: An Inside View of New Zealanders at Gallipoli and Brothers in Arms: Gordon & Robin Harper in the Great War. New Zealand Review of Books. 25:3(111), 10-10
[Book Review]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2015). WW1 through place names. : Land Information New Zealand
[Internet publication]Authored by: Littlewood, D.Contributed to by: Littlewood, D.

Book

Littlewood, DC.(2017). Military Service Tribunals and Boards in the Great War: Determining the Fate of Britain's and New Zealand's Conscripts. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge
[Authored Book]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2017). The provision of opportunities: Politics and the state. In R. Bell (Ed.) New Zealand between the Wars. (pp. 32 - 55). Auckland: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
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.
Littlewood, DC. (2017). We're all equal here, mate: Egalitarianism in Aotearoa New Zealand. In T. Cain, E. Kahu, & R. Shaw (Eds.) Turangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 213 - 229). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Littlewood, D.Edited by: Shaw, R.
Littlewood, DC. (2017). Personal, local & enduring: Masculine citizenship in first world war Britain. In A. Brown, & J. Griffiths (Eds.) The Citizen: Past and Present. (pp. 171 - 195). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2016). 'Striking A Balance: The Military Service Boards'. In S. Loveridge (Ed.) New Zealand Society At War, 1914-1918. (pp. 112 - 126). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2016). Introduction. In J. Watson, & J. Crawford (Eds.) Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War. (pp. 8 - 11). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Littlewood, D.

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.

Conference

Littlewood, DC. (2017, April). 'Won't You Meet Us Half-way?' The New Zealand Military Service Boards and Conscientious Objectors in 1917. Presented at The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy. Te Papa Tongarewa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2016, November). From PhD Proposal to Research Funding: Reflections on Applying for a Marsden Grant. Presented at Ka Awatea IV. Massey University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2016, June). A tale of two systems: Britain, New Zealand, and the introduction of conscription in 1916. Presented at Britain and the World Conference, 2016. London, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2015, December). The dutifully reluctant: Appellants before the military service boards, 1916-18. Presented at New Zealand Historical Association Biennial Conference, 2015. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2013, November). Holding the balance'? The operations of the New Zealand military service boards and British military service tribunals, 1916-18. Presented at New Zealand Historical Association Biennial Conference, 2013. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.

Other

Littlewood, DC. (2017, September). Beyond Baxter and Briggs: New Zealand Conscripts and Appeals for Exemption, 1916-1918.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2017, April). Painting A Picture of the Anzacs. In Te Manawa Museum.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2016, August). Politics and the State.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2016). Did he 'go' or was he 'sent'?: Conscription in the Great War and its relevance to family historians today. (pp. 3 - 5).
[Other]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2015, August). 'Would You Call Me a Britisher?' Citizenship during Appeals for Exemption from Military Service, 1916-18.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.
Littlewood, DC. (2015, May). 'A Fair Chance'? Wanganui Men and the Military Service Boards during the Great War.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Littlewood, D.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Daniel Wildy - PhD
    Army recruiting ephemera themes, why they were used and what they reflect

Media and Links

Media

  • 30 Apr 2016 - Magazine, Online
    Anzac Books
    My co-edited book Experience of a Lifetime was reviewed by Matthew Wright in the New Zealand Listener
  • 27 Nov 2015 - Online
    Drama of WW1 Exemption Hearings Explored
    Interview by Massey University's External Relations Department on my PhD thesis. I was asked why the topic was important, and what I had discovered during my research
  • 26 Apr 2017 - Online
    Historian Questions Notions of Anzac Day
    My presentation to Te Manawa Museum was profiled in the People@Massey newsletter
  • 24 Apr 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    Interesting Vignettes Provide Perspective
    My co-edited book Experience of a Lifetime was favourably reviewed in the Otago Daily Times.
  • 23 Apr 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    A Meeting of Cultures
    An Extract from my co-edited book Experience of a Lifetime was published in the Weekend Herald
  • 22 Apr 2016 - Newspaper, Online
    New Light On An Old War
    My co-edited book Experience of a Lifetime was featured in the Manawatu Standard. I was quoted several times in the article.
  • 14 Sep 2016 - Online
    Interview about New Zealand 'War Crimes'
    I was interviewed by Alister Browne about Simon Sebag-Montfiore's claims that New Zealand soldiers committed war crimes during the Battle of the Somme in 1916
  • 05 May 2016 - Online
    Reviews: Into the World, Experience of a Lifetime
    My co-edited book Experience of a Lifetime was reviewed on the Stuff website by Alister Browne
  • 05 Apr 2016 - Online
    Fresh Perspectives on Experiences of WW1
    My Co-edited book, Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War, was profiled on the Massey University website. Several quotes from my introductory chapter were i

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