Making Peoples: A History of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 497 pages
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This immensely readable book, full of drama and humor as well as scholarship, is a watershed in the writing of New Zealand history. In making many new assertions and challenging many historical myths, it seeks to reinterpret our approach to the past. The first of two planned volumes, Making Peoples begins with the Polynesian settlement and its development into the Maori tribes in the eleventh century. It traces the great encounter between independent Maoridom and expanding Europe from 1642 to 1916, including the foundation of the Pakeha, the neo-Europeans of New Zealand, between the 1830s and the 1880s. It describes the forging of a neo-Polynesia and a neo-Britain and the traumatic interaction between them. The author carefully examines the myths and realities that drove the colonialization process and suggests a new "living" version of one of the most critical and controversial documents in New Zealand's history, the Treaty of Waitangi, frequently descibed as New Zealand's Magna Carta. The construction of peoples, Maori and Pakeha, is a recurring theme: the response of each to the great shift from extractive to sustainable economics; their relationship with their Hawaikis, or ancestors, with each other, and with myth. Essential reading for anyone interested in New Zealand history and in the history of new societies in general.
  

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Review: Making Peoples: A History of the New Zealanders: From Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century

User Review  - Jenny Housley - Goodreads

I took this away on holiday with me. Not exactly a light read but very informative and well written by a well respected writer Read full review

Review: Making Peoples: A History of the New Zealanders: From Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century

User Review  - Bevan - Goodreads

James Belich is the best 'big picture' historian New Zealand has produced, in my opinion. He provides a great overview of New Zealand's history, and weaves a story and interpretation which, although ... Read full review

Contents

The Prehistory of New Zealand
13
Hunters and Gardeners
37
The Rise of the Tribes
67
Life Before History
90
The European Discovery of New Zealand
117
The Maori Discovery of Europe
140
Fatal Impact?
156
Converting Conversion
212
Swamps Sticks and Carrots
247
The Pakeha Prospectus
278
Getting In
313
Taken In?
338
Getting On
376
Lumped Split and Bound
411
References
451
Index
484

Conquest?
229

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Belich is professor of history at the University of Auckland.

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