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ISBN-13: 978-0631218739 ISBN-10: 0631218734 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


"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 <!--end-->

" ... 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

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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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (November 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631218734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631218739
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,030,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr Philippa Mein Smith on September 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Readers may be interested in the favourable reviews in: Australian Historical Studies, 117, 2001, pp.373-4; Journal of Pacific History, 36:2, 2001, pp.2635-6; Times Higher Education Supplement, 2 March 2001; Pacific Affairs, 74:4, Winter 2001/2002, pp.629-30; English Historical Review, 116, Sep 2001, p.981; Australian Economic History Review, 41:2, pp.215-16; NZ Journal of History, pp.217-18.
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7 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Olsen on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There are not many up-to-date histories which treat Oz together with NZ and the Pacific Islands. The chief author of this one is--as all writers of history are nowadays--a raving, dribbling, ultra-PC lefty who is convinced that "history" is nothing but a white man's construct to keep the rest of the world down, and who confesses at the book's beginning that he accepted the commission to write it more or less as a feat of subversion. However, the Pacific area has little to offer in the way of nation-state narratives, and must be studied in terms of ethnology, anthropology, and social research to bring out its history, and this is the sort of work at which these people excel. At least the authors don't insist on calling New Zealand "Aotearoa" all the time. Recommended for the generous-hearted reader who knows how to peer around the slant into all the data.
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