By Mein Smith, Philippa
New Zealand was the last major landmass, other than Antarctica, to be settled by humans. In this new account of New Zealand's history, Philippa Mein Smith considers this 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 smallness and isolation, from late settlement by Polynesian voyagers, very late colonisation 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. This is a history that places New Zealand in its global and regional context, linked to Britain, immersed in the Pacific, and part of Australasia. Distinctively, this book unravels the ways in which key moments have contributed to the founding of the country's national myths.Read more
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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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