The New Oxford History of New Zealand

Paperback | August 1, 2009

byGiselle Byrnes

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The New Oxford History of New Zealand is a new, multi-authored revisionist history of Aotearoa New Zealand. The book tests the idea that New Zealand history can be explained as a quest for 'national identity' and considers whether narratives that rely on the 'colony-to-nation' storyline arestill relevant in the early twenty-first century. The book proposes instead that history and identity have been shaped by culture, community, class, region and gender, and that these have been more important than ideas of evolving nationhood. Above all, this new book responds to the need for ageneral re-interpretation of the 'big picture' of New Zealand history.All the chapters in this book feature new and previously unpublished research, informed by international as well as interdisciplinary scholarship and in keeping with the aim of the book to set the agenda for future historical research imperatives. Chapters showcase research that explorestrans-national, comparative and regional contexts. The New Oxford History of New Zealand adopts a thematic approach to re-reading history. It takes a number of discrete topics as case studies and highlights particular incidents and stories to illustrate points of interest. A chronological structure within each chapter complements the overallthematic approach of the volume to enhance the book's utility as a teaching resource. The book also takes a slightly broader geographical definition of what constitutes 'New Zealand', locating Aotearoa New Zealand in wider international and regional contexts.

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The New Oxford History of New Zealand is a new, multi-authored revisionist history of Aotearoa New Zealand. The book tests the idea that New Zealand history can be explained as a quest for 'national identity' and considers whether narratives that rely on the 'colony-to-nation' storyline arestill relevant in the early twenty-first centu...

Giselle Byrnes is Professor and Chairperson in the Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Waikato

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.65 × 7.48 × 0.68 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195584716

ISBN - 13:9780195584714

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Preface1. Giselle Byrnes: Introduction?Reframing New Zealand HistoryPart One: People, land and sea2. Atholl Anderson: Origins, settlement and society of pre-European South Polynesia3. Paul Star: Humans and the environment in New Zealand, about 1800 to 2000Part Two: Biculturalism(s)?4. Judith Binney: History and Memory - the wood of the whau tree, 1766-20055. Tony Ballantyne: The State, Politics and Power, 1769-18936. Paul Monin: Maori Economies and Colonial CapitalismPart Three: 'Settlement and Unsettlement'7. Dominic Salesa: New Zealand's Pac8. Angela McCarthy: Migration and Ethnic Identities in the Nineteenth Century9. Jim McAloon: The New Zealand Economy 1792-191410. Katie Pickles: Colonisation, empire and genderPart Four: 'Nation(s)-making'?11. Roberto Rabel: New Zealand's Wars12. Charlotte Macdonald: Ways of Belonging - Sporting Spaces in New Zealand History13. Philippa Mein-Smith: The Tasman WorldPart Five: 'A social laboratory'?14. John Stenhouse: Religion and Society15. Melanie Nolan: Constantly on the move, but going nowhere? Work, community and social mobility16. Bronwyn Labrum: The changing meanings and practices of welfare, 1840s - 1990s17. Caroline Daley: Modernity, Consumption, and Leisure18. Angela Wanhalla: Family, Community and Gender19. Chris Brickell: Sexuality, morality and society20. Catharine Coleborne: Health and illness, 1840s-1990sPart Six: 'State experiments'?21. Richard S. Hill: Maori and State Policy22. Geoff Bertram: The New Zealand Economy, 1900-200023. David Capie: New Zealand and the world: imperial, international and global relations