Before Hobson

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Blythswood Press, Mar 2, 2015 - History - 384 pages

Using previously unpublished sources from the United States, social historian Tony Simpson explores what lies behind New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, by plunging us vividly into the world of the early nineteenth century: prevalent world views, the British governments of the day, the trading and whaling economy of the South Pacific, evangelical missionary activity and influence, and the financial communities in London and Sydney. In this fascinating journey we come to some surprising conclusions about the Treaty of Waitangi itself.

 

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Contents

In the Wake of Cook
13
Many Persons of Bad or Doubtful Character
43
The Perpetrators of Most Disgraceful Acts
79
Mr Wakefield and Dr Marx
115
Whigs and Tories
123
Enter the New Zealand Company
130
Commissioner Spain and
137
The Glory of the Lord Revealed
145
In the Time of Old Mortality
179
A Cargo of Flax
209
An Amusing and Praiseworthy Device
245
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About the author (2015)

Tony Simpson has been one of New Zealand’s best known historians since the publication of his award-winning Sugarbag Years in 1974. He is the author of fifteen previous works and has worked as a journalist, a radio broadcaster, a reviewer and as a cultural and political commentator over many decades. In 2005 he was awarded the MNZM for services to New Zealand historical research. 

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