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Musket Wars

Musket Wars (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)

By Crosby, Ron

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* Seminal work on the wars that ravaged New Zealand after first European contact * Lays bare how muskets and introduced foods upset a centuries-old tribal balance * Superbly illustrated with historic photographs and innovative maps (32 pages of colour)

ISBN 9780947506292
Barcode 9780947506292
Published 22 March 2017 by Oratia Media
Format Paperback, 3rd Revised edition
In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780947506292
ISBN-10 0947506292
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oratia Media
Imprint Oratia Books
Publication Date 22 March 2017
International Publication Date 1 October 2012
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback, 3rd Revised edition
Edition 3rd Revised edition
Author(s) By Crosby, Ron
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
Australasian & Pacific History
Military History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Maori New Zealand people - Wars, Maori New Zealand people - Warfare, Pakanga, Kaorero nehe, Whenua tautohetohe
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 993.02
Catalogue Code 730425

Description of this Book

First published in 1999, with an introduction by the late Michael King, The Musket Wars established Ron Crosby's reputation as a daring, original chronicler of New Zealand history. This best-selling history provides the first comprehensive account of the wars that ravaged the country in the early 1800s, when iwi with newly acquired muskets unleashed terrible utu (revenge) on foes, helped by other introductions like potatoes that fuelled long-range taua (war parties). Ron Crosby weaves the strands of this conflict into an immensely readable narrative, guiding the reader through its complexities with lists of protagonists, a chronology, indexes and above all, superb maps and illustrations. This volume updates the revised 2001 edition, with improved scans of many images.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review PRAISE FOR THE MUSKET WARS; 'Most of the stories and events are not new to students of New Zealand history but they have seldom been so usefully arranged and ordered. They are accompanied by excellent maps and illustrations, which adds to the book's value as a reference source... The Musket Wars must rate as one of the most accessible and well-presented treatments of New Zealand history currently available.' Sir Tipene O'Regan, Dominion; 'The soundness of Crosby's scholarship is one reason The Musket Wars succeeds, but it's his infectious enthusiasm for his subject which makes the book such a gripping read... One of the must-reads of 1999.' Iain Sharp, Sunday Star-Times; 'This is a valuable and attractive addition to any New Zealand book collection.' Bryan Gilling, NZ Education Review; 'The Musket Wars were an ugly blot on New Zealand history. The fact that they have been largely ignored by historians is an even larger blot on historiography. Crosby should be honoured for redressing this historical imbalance.' Graeme Hunt, National Business Review; 'Crosby's book is both intriguing and absorbing to the point of brilliance and gives new insights into both the ability of the Maori to adapt quickly and their impressive skills of innovation.' Jim Hunter, The Southland Times; 'A necessary addition to all collections of New Zealand history.' Diana Masters, Waikato Daily Times This is a prodigious work of research as well as a brilliantly written tale of heroes, bloody battles and tenacity the like of which the world will never see again... It should rank among the most important works of New Zealand history of this century. It is also a thoroughly good read.' Tom O'Connor, Marlborough Express; 'It represents an important compilation of material about a crucial period of New Zealand history which is often overlooked, yet which is of huge importance to Treaty of Waitangi claims.' Jim Eagles, Hawke's Bay Today

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Author's Bio

R.D. (Ron) Crosby was born and brought up in Auckland but has spent most of his adult life in Blenheim, where he was a partner in the law firm Gascoigne Wicks, specialising in resource management and iwi claims in the northern South Island. Now working as a barrister and author, Ron was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2011. Among his other works are Gilbert Mair: Te Kooti's Nemesis and NZSAS: The First Fifty Years.

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