"An extremely welcome addition to the insulated worlds of Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island history ... of particular use to under-graduate and graduate courses dealing with these national contexts" Times Higher Education Supplement
" ... scholarly and well documented with maps, illustrations, appendixes, complete bibliography and index ... highly recommended for all university collections" CHOICE
"Denoon and his co-authors have made very important additions to the still relatively small historiography of the Pacific." Pacific History
"Substantial and informative ... an insightful study that will prove challenging for academic and general readers of history on both sides of the Tasman, and no doubt beyond ... Donald Denoon's and Philippa Mein-Smith's achievement in delineating the past 200 years of this region will, one would predict, stand unchallenged for some considerable time." Australian Historical Studies
"This is an important book." International History Review
"A considerable achievement. It is also lively and enlightening, not least in the numerous shrewd asides which season it." English Historical Review
From the Back Cover
This book provides an arresting interpretation of the history of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific from the earliest settlements to the present. Usually viewed in isolation, these societies are covered here in a single account, in which the authors show how the peoples of the region constructed their own identities and influenced those of their neighbours.
By broadening the focus to the regional level, this volume develops analyses - of economic, social and political history - which transcend
national boundaries. The result is a compelling work which both describes the aspirations of European settlers and reveals how the dispossessed and marginalized indigenous peoples negotiated their own lives as best they could. The authors demonstrate that these stories are not separate but rather strands of a single history.