A Concise History of New Zealand (Cambridge Concise by Philippa Mein Smith

By Philippa Mein Smith

New Zealand was once the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled by way of people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is superbly 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 through Polynesian voyagers and colonisation by way of Europeans – and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha – to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to regulate international forces. A Concise background of latest Zealand areas New Zealand in its worldwide 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 position as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, financial and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.

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