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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User Review  - jeanned - LibraryThing

I read this book as we were considering and then actually planning our move from the US to New Zealand. New Zealand is a country in which this history continues to play a formative role in government, social commentary, and personal interactions. Read full review

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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


The Prehistory of New Zealand
Hunters and Gardeners
The Rise of the Tribes
Life Before History
The European Discovery of New Zealand
The Maori Discovery of Europe
Fatal Impact?
Converting Conversion
Swamps Sticks and Carrots
The Pakeha Prospectus
Getting In
Taken In?
Getting On
Lumped Split and Bound


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Belich is professor of history at the University of Auckland.

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