"An extremely welcome addition to the insulated worlds ofAustralian, New Zealand and Pacific Island history ... ofparticular use to under-graduate and graduate courses dealing withthese national contexts" Times Higher Education Supplement
" ... scholarly and well documented with maps, illustrations,appendixes, complete bibliography and index ... highly recommendedfor all university collections" CHOICE
"Denoon and his co-authors have made very important additions tothe still relatively small historiography of the Pacific."Pacific History
"Substantial and informative ... an insightful study that willprove challenging for academic and general readers of history onboth sides of the Tasman, and no doubt beyond ... Donald Denoon'sand Philippa Mein-Smith's achievement in delineating the past 200years of this region will, one would predict, stand unchallengedfor some considerable time." Australian HistoricalStudies
"This is an important book." International HistoryReview
"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 ofAustralia, New Zealand and the Pacific from the earliestsettlements to the present. Usually viewed in isolation, thesesocieties are covered here in a single account, in which theauthors show how the peoples of the region constructed their ownidentities and influenced those of their neighbours.
By broadening the focus to the regional level, this volumedevelops analyses - of economic, social and political history -which transcend
national boundaries. The result is a compelling work which bothdescribes the aspirations of European settlers and reveals how thedispossessed and marginalized indigenous peoples negotiated theirown lives as best they could. The authors demonstrate that thesestories are not separate but rather strands of a singlehistory.