Two Peoples, One Land: The New Zealand Wars
In Two Peoples, One Land marries an impressive breadth of research into a fascinating story that provides new assessments of events that still resonate in our lives. This is an important book that deserves to be read, and one that grips you from the first pages.
- Christopher Pugsley, Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Myth and legend swirl about the New Zealand Wars, nearly three decades of open warfare between Maori, British and settler that erupted in the mid-1840s and continued, intermittently, until 1872.
In Two Peoples, One Land, noted social and military historian Matthew Wright draws on extensive primary research and investigation of the battlefields to paint a vivid and illuminating picture of personality, conflict and societies in upheaval. In the process he reveals that the wars were far more than just a military tale; they also shaped Maori and Pakeha worlds in ways that neither people fully understood at the time.
And although open fighting ended in 1872, the forces that drove the wars did not dissipate. Ultimately, Wright argues, these were wars without end.
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Google have incorrectly attributed this book. I am indeed the author, but I am not the lecturer from Exeter; I am the New Zealand historian - Matthew Wright, FrHistS.