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Soldiers, Scouts and Spies: A military history of the New Zealand Wars 1845-1864

Soldiers, Scouts and Spies: A military history of the New Zealand Wars 1845-1864 (Paperback)

By Simons, Cliff

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A pivotal period in our history, the New Zealand Wars changed the nation forever. Yet there is often little understanding of how they were fought. Maori adopted western weapons and evolved their tactics, and even political structures, as they sought ways to confront the power of ...the British military and the New Zealand Government. Britain was a military and economic super-power but its army and navy faced difficult challenges as they adapted to fighting a strange and capable enemy in a difficult and alien environment. This book explains the battles in detail, with a focus on military intelligence and its role in the decisions leaders on both sides made about tactics, weapons, logistics and fortifications. Covering conflicts in Northland, Taranaki, Wellington, Waikato and Tauranga, the author creates a compelling narrative as battle plans unfold and are enacted on the ground - with mixed success on both sides. Simons also brings together themes that tie the wars together across place and time, looking at how the wars made us as a nation, for good or ill, and how they continue to reverberate.
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ISBN 9780995109575
Published NZ 10 Oct 2019
Publisher Massey University Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780995109575
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Massey University Press
Imprint Massey University Press
Published 10 Oct 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Simons, Cliff
Category Military History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 230mm
Dewey Code 993.3022
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Maori New Zealand people - History - 19th century, New Zealand - History, Military - 19th century, New Zealand - History - New Zealand Wars, 1843-1847, New Zealand - History - New Zealand Wars, 1860-1872, New Zealand - History - 1840-1876
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade