A Concise History of New Zealand

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 27, 2005 - History - 302 pages
New Zealand was the last major landmass, other than Antarctica, to be settled by humans. The story of this rugged and dynamic land is narrated, from its origins in Gondwana some 80 million years ago to the twenty-first century. [In this book, the author] highlights the effects of the country's smallness and isolation, from its late settlement by Polynesian voyagers and colonisation by Europeans, and the exchanges that made these people Maori and Pakeha, to the dramatic struggles over land and more recent efforts to manage global economic forces. In the late twentieth century, new upheavals saw governments demolish institutions that had once defined New Zealand, and economic problems damage a country dependent on exports. [This book] places New Zealand in its global and regional context, linked to Britain, immersed in the Pacific and part of Australasia. It unravels the key moments: the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac landing at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, showing their role as nation building myths and connecting them with the less dramatic forces, economic and social, that have also shaped contemporary New Zealand.-Back cover.

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A Concise History of New Zealand would probably be better titled “A Concise History of New Zealand Politics”. After a good initial chapter on New Zealand geological history, there’s very little on pre ... Read full review


Beachcrossers 17691839 2 I
Claiming the land 18401860
Remoter Australasia 18611890
Managing globalisation 18911913
All flesh is as grass 19141929
Making New Zealand 19301949
Golden weather 19501973
Latest experiments 19741996
Io Treaty revival 19742003
Glossary of Maori words 2 54
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Philippa Mein Smith is Associate Professor of History at the University of Canterbury where she researches and teaches New Zealand and Australian history. She is the author of Maternity in Dispute: New Zealand 1920-1939 (1986), Mothers and King Baby: Infant Survival and Welfare in an Imperial World: Australia 1880-1950 (1997) and A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (with Donald Denoon, 2000), for which she had a co-residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Centre in Bellagio, Italy.

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