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A Concise History of New Zealand

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402171

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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.

    • It is the most up-to-date history of New Zealand: it explores the persistent tension between domestic politics and external pressures, with a new chapter on the impact on this small country of the global power shift from West to East
    • Generously illustrated with more than 30 maps, drawings and photographs
    • It includes new content on Maori history, informed by the latest research arising from the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402171
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 138 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Waka across a watery world
    2. Beachcrossers 1769–1839
    3. Claiming the land 1840–60
    4. Remoter Australasia 1861–90
    5. Managing globalisation 1891–1913
    6. 'All flesh is as grass' 1914–29
    7. Making New Zealand 1930–49
    8. Golden weather 1950–72
    9. Latest experiments 1973–96
    10. Treaty revival 1973–99
    11. Shaky ground: seismic shifts 2000–11.

  • Author

    Philippa Mein Smith, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Philippa Mein Smith is Professor of History at the University of Canterbury. 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 co-author of A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (2000) and Remaking the Tasman World (2008).

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