UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr David Monger

School of Humanities and Creative Arts; History

Fields of Research

  • First World War
  • British national identities and patriotism
  • British society and culture
  • Propaganda

Researcher Summary

My research primarily focuses on patriotism in First World War Britain, as well as the organisation of official wartime propaganda. *Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: the National War Aims Committee and civilian morale* was published by Liverpool University Press in 2012. It examined the activities of a parliamentary organisation established in 1917 to conduct domestic propaganda in Britain to maintain civilian morale. The book focused on the ways NWAC propagandists interpreted patriotism. I assessed how far their language reflected pre-war representations of patriotism, and what wartime adaptations occurred. Patriotism was a 'purposive language' used to persuade others of the validity or necessity of an action. Once it is understood that this is patriotism's function, it is possible to assess more clearly the significance of different themes within the wider discussion, and highlight less heavily-discussed, but more rhetorically crucial, elements of propagandists' patriotic narrative.

During 2012, I co-organised an international conference with Katie Pickles (UC History) and Sarah Murray (Canterbury Museum) on 'Endurance and the First World War', which resulted in an edited collection, published in 2014.

Following a sabbatical in the second half of 2013, I am currently continuing my research into the nature of British First World War patriotism, and have also begun to explore British propaganda relating to the Armenian genocide of 1915.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Future Research

  • British propaganda and the Armenian genocide
  • 'Britishness and the First World War' (working title)

Affiliations

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books
  • Monger D. (2014) Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: the National War Aims Committee and Civilian Morale. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 310pp.
  • Monger D. (2012) Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: the National War Aims Committee and civilian morale. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 310pp.
Journal Articles
  • Monger D. (2015) Familiarity Breeds Consent? Patriotic Rituals in British First World War Propaganda. Twentieth Century British History 26(4): 501-528. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hwv029.
Edited Volumes
  • Monger D., Murray S. and Pickles K. (Ed.) (2014) Endurance and the First World War: Experiences and Legacies in New Zealand and Australia. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 313pp.
Chapters
  • Monger D. (2016) Propaganda at Home (Britain and Ireland). In Daniel U; Gatrell P; Janz O; Jones H; Keene J; Kramer A; Nasson B (Ed.), 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War: 16pp-16pp. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. http://dx.doi.org/10.15463/ie1418.10880.
  • Monger D. (2015) The Union of Democratic Control. In Daniel U; Gattrell P; Janz O; Jones H; Keene J; Kramer A; Nasson B (Ed.), 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War: 3pp. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. http://dx.doi.org/10.15463/ie1418.10598.
  • Monger D. (2014) Endurance and First World War Scholarship. In Monger D; Murray S; Pickles K (Ed.), Endurance and the First World War: Experiences and Legacies in New Zealand and Australia: 1-12. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Monger D. (2014) Press/Journalism (Great Britain and Ireland). In Daniel U; Gatrell P; Janz O; Jones H; Keene J; Kramer A; Nasson B (Ed.), 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War: 12pp. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. http://dx.doi.org/10.15463/ie1418.10280.
  • Monger D. (2014) Transcending the nation: domestic propaganda and supranational patriotism in Britain, 1917-18. In Paddock TRE (Ed.), World War I and Propaganda: 21-41. Leiden: Brill.
  • Monger D., Murray S. and Pickles K. (2014) Introduction. In Monger D; Murray S; Pickles K (Ed.), Endurance and the First World War: Experiences and Legacies in New Zealand and Australia: xii-xiii. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Matthews B., Holcroft A., Bones H., Bullen R. and Monger D. (2011) The Art of Printing. In Jones C; Matthews B; Clement J (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
Theses / Dissertations
  • Monger D. (2009) The National War Aims Committee and British patriotism during the First World War. London. King's College London.
Conference Contributions - Other
  • Monger D. (2017) 'Patriotic Pence' and 'Can You Use a Spade?': British propaganda and tangible patriotism in 1917. Wellington: The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy, 25-28 Apr 2017
  • Monger D. (2014) Ritualised patriotism: propaganda and the organisation of consent in First World War Britain. Adelaide, Australia: Emotions, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present, 10-12 Feb 2014
  • Monger D. (2009) Re-presenting languages of patriotism: Propaganda and patriotism in late First World War Britain. Durham University, UK: Languages of Politics: Mapping Britain's Long Nineteenth Century, 2-4 Apr 2009
  • Monger D. (2008) Local, national and supranational identity in Britain: The cultivation of Britishness in First World War propaganda. Oxford, UK: Cultivating Britons: Culture and Identity in Britain, 1901 to 1936, 19-19 Sep 2008
Oral Presentations
  • Monger D. (2017) ‘Patriotic Pence’ and ‘Can You Use a Spade?’: British official propaganda & tangible patriotism in 1917. University of Canterbury: History Department Seminar, University of Canterbury.
  • Monger D. (2017) ‘We cannot keep silent’: The international humanitarian network behind the British parliamentary report on the Armenian Genocide. University of Oxford: Globalising and Localising the Great War Seminar, 26 Oct 2017.
  • Monger D. (2017) Know Your Enemy: British Perspectives of German First World War Propaganda. University of Oxford: Globalising and Localising the Great War Seminar, 19 Oct 2017.
  • Monger D. (2017) Networking against Genocide during the First World War: Humanitarian Activism and the international network behind the British Parliamentary report on the Armenian Genocide. University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, UK: University of Exeter Penryn Humanities Research Seminar, 04 Oct 2017.
  • Macleod J. and Monger D. (2015) A Digital Centenary: using technology to study the First World War. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Hynes G., Monger D. and Murray S. (2014) Panel Discussion: What Else is There to Say about the First World War? University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
  • Monger D. (2014) Lies, Damned Lies, and Propaganda: British state propaganda in the First World War. University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
  • Monger D. (2013) The Other Bryce Report: Historians, propaganda, international networks and The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1915-16. Institute of Historical Research, London, UK: http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/106.
  • Monger D. (2011) The Woman's Part: Propaganda towards Women and the Representation of British Patriotism in late First World War Britain. Institute of Historical Research, London, UK: Women's History Seminar.
  • Monger D. (2011) The Woman's Part: Propaganda towards women and the representation of patriotism in late-First World War Britain. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: History Programme Seminar.
  • Monger D. (2010) Multiple loyalties: Representations of local, national and supranational identity in British First World War propaganda. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: History Department Seminar.
  • Monger D. (2009) Sport and Play' and the Maintenance of Civilian Life in First World War Propaganda for Servicemen. Institute of Historical Research, London, UK: Sport and Leisure History Seminar, 12 Oct 2009.
  • Monger D. (2008) Soldiers, home and community, and National War Aims Committee propaganda. Christ Church College, Oxford, UK: Ap�ro 14-18 Seminar, 01 Feb 2010.
  • Monger D. (2007) Remobilising local patriotism: the National War Aims Committee, Ramsay MacDonald, and May Day 1918 in Leicester. Institute of Historical Research, London, UK: Modern British History seminar, 01 May 2010.
Other
  • Monger D. (2015) Calls to Arms: New Zealand Society and Commitment to the Great War. New Zealand Journal of History 49(1): 156-159.
  • Monger D. (2015) Panikos Panayi, Prisoners of Britain: German Civilian and Combatant Internees during the First World War. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012; xvii+342pp. History 100(341): 483-485. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.12112_27. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2015) Richard Scully, British Images of Germany: Admiration, Antagonism & Ambivalence, 1860-1914. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; xx+375pp. Britain and the World 8(2): 276-279. http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/brw.2015.0206. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2015) Steven Loveridge, Calls to Arms: New Zealand Society and Commitment to the Great War. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2014; 332pp. New Zealand Journal of History 49(1): 156-159. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2014) Matthew C. Hendley, Organized Patriotism and the Crucible of War: Popular Imperialism in Britain, 1914-1932. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012; 360pp. Reviews in History Online(1623) http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1623. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2014) Visions of Empire: Patriotism, Popular Culture and the City, 1870-1939. By Brad Beaven. Manchester University Press, Manchester 2012. xiii+240pp. Twentieth Century British History 25(3): 498-500. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hwt032. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2013) 'A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland'. By Catriona Pennell. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012, xv+308pp. Twentieth Century British History 24(2): 307-309. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hws032. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2012) Civilians in a World at War, 1914-1918. Journal of Contemporary History 47(3): 653-655. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD.
  • Monger D. (2012) Glyn Harper (Ed.), Letters from Gallipoli: New Zealand Soldiers Write Home. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2011; xiv+320pp. New Zealand Journal of History 46(1): 97-99. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2012) Letters from Gallipoli: New Zealand Soldiers Write Home. New Zealand Journal of History 46(1): 97-99.
  • Monger D. (2012) Tammy M. Proctor, Civilians in a World at War, 1914-1918. New York and London: New York University Press, 2010; xiv + 363pp. Journal of Contemporary History 47(3): 653-655. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022009412440542c. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2011) Heather Jones, Jennifer O'Brien and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian (eds.), Untold War: New Perspectives in First World War Studies. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2008; xv + 449pp. Journal of Contemporary History 46(1): 208-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00220094110460010304. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2011) Nigel Keohane, The Party of Patriotism: The Conservative Party and the First World War. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010; x + 250pp. Journal of Contemporary History 46(2): 441-443. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00220094110460021003. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2011) Sophie de Schaepdrijver, "We Who Are So Cosmpolitan": The War Diary of Constance Graeffe, 1914-1915. Brussels: Algemeen Rijksarchief Brussel, 2008; 560pp. European Review of History: Revue européene d'histoire 18(3): 415-418. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13507486.2011.574837. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2010) Martin Francis, The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force 1939-1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008; xi + 266pp. Journal of Contemporary History 45(2): 503-505. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00220094100450020109. [Book Review].
  • Monger D. (2010) Michael Roper, The Secret Battle: Emotional Survival in the Great War. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009; xvi + 349pp. Journal of Contemporary History 45(4): 879-881. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00220094100450040102. [Book Review].