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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 cost via Polynesian voyagers and colonisation via Europeans – and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha – to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to control international forces. A Concise historical past of recent Zealand areas New Zealand in its worldwide and local 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 function as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, fiscal and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.

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