The Penguin History of New Zealand
New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the franchise, the movements and the conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth. The Penguin History of New Zealand, a new book for a new century, tells that story in all its colour and drama. The narrative that emerges in an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer. This book, a triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, was an unprecedented best-seller from the time of its first publication in 2003.
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Time and time again I have gone back to this book as a source of authority on New Zealand history. I was introduced to it whilst I was completing my International Baccalaureate in high school, and I still refer to it for New Zealand affairs now whilst I complete my Master of International Relations. I found it to be extensively readable and interesting, whilst simultaneously covering a swathe of topics.
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This was a bit of a slog, but it did have interesting moments. I'm glad I read it before my trip, but otherwise I wouldn't have bothered, chapters took too long to get to the meat. Read full review
Te Ao Distance The Arrival of Maori Engage the God and A Tangata Tangata Whenua
Party Politics Baptism of Farmers in Charge
Depression and Recovery
Conformity and Nonconformity