A Concise History of New Zealand (Cambridge Concise Histories)

A Concise History of New Zealand (Cambridge Concise Histories)

Philippa Mein Smith


New Zealand was once the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled via people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is fantastically narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the consequences of the country's smallness and isolation, from its overdue payment by means of Polynesian voyagers and colonisation via Europeans - and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha - to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to control worldwide forces. A Concise heritage of latest Zealand locations New Zealand in its international and nearby context. It unravels key moments - the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior - displaying their function as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, monetary and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.

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