A Concise History of New Zealand

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 27, 2005 - History - 302 pages
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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.

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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


Beachcrossers 17691839
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
Treaty revival 19742003
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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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