A Concise History of New Zealand

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Cambridge University Press, 2012 - History - 348 pages
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New Zealand was the last major landmass, other than Antarctica, to be settled by humans. The story of this rugged and dynamic land is beautifully narrated, from its origins in Gondwana some 80 million years ago to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith 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 recent efforts to manage global forces. A Concise History of New Zealand places New Zealand in its global and regional context. It unravels 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 shaped contemporary New Zealand.
 

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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

Contents

1 Waka across a watery world
1
2 Beachcrossers 17691839
22
3 Claiming the land 18401860
47
4 Remoter Australasia 18611890
72
5 Managing globalisation 18911913
100
6 All flesh is as grass 19141929
128
7 Making New Zealand 19301949
156
8 Golden weather 19501972
183
10 Treaty revival 19731999
237
11 Shaky ground
262
Glossary Of maori words
285
Timeline
288
Sources of Quotations
298
Guide to Further Reading
315
Index
336
Copyright

9 Latest experiments 19731996
210

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About the author (2012)

Philippa Mein Smith is Professor of History at the University of Canterbury. She is the author of Maternity in Dispute: New Zealand 1920 939 (1986), Mothers and King Baby: Infant Survival and Welfare in an Imperial World: Australia 1880 950 (1997) and co-author of A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (2000) and Remaking the Tasman World (2008).

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