`A great contribution to large-scale history: constantly sparkling in its style, humorous, and offering profound new insights. A magnificent book.' Jared Diamond, UCLA, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of the best-sellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse
About the Author
is professor of history at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. He previously held the inaugural Keith Sinclair Chair in History at the University of Auckland, and has held visiting positions at Cambridge, Melbourne, and Georgetown Universities. His earlier books, all award-winners, include a two volume general history of New Zealand, Making Peoples
and Paradise Reforged
, and The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict
, winner of the Trevor Reese Prize for an outstanding work of imperial or commonwealth history published in the preceding two years.