A Concise History of New Zealand
In this new account of New Zealand's history, Philippa Mein Smith considers the rugged and dynamic land from its break from Gondwana 80 million years ago to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Mein Smith highlights the effects of the country's small size and isolation, from late settlement by Polynesian voyagers, very late colonization and settlement by Europeans, and the interactions that made these people Maori and Pakeha, to struggles over land, and efforts through time to manage global forces. Placing New Zealand in its global and regional context, the book reveals its links to Britain, despite being immersed in the Pacific, and part of Australasia. Distinctively, it reveals key moments contributing to the founding of the country's national myths.
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I wanted to learn more about NZ history, but unfortunately this book was just too boring.
Review: A Concise History of New Zealand (Cambridge Concise Histories)User Review - Cameron - Goodreads
This was a solid history of New Zealand. I couldn't find anything that was especially highly regarded, so this was good enough. Worth a read if you are going to New Zealand...otherwise, not so much. Read full review
Claiming the land 18401860
Remoter Australasia 18611890
Managing globalisation 18911913
All flesh is as grass 19141929
Making New Zealand 19301949
Golden weather 19501973
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