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A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands Paperback – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Books (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566565065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566565066
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John H. Chambers was born in Queensland. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and most recently was a visiting professor at City University of New York. Dr. Chambers has passed more than half his life in Australia and has travelled extensively in the Pacific. As a teacher in Australia he had to offer New Zealand history as a special topic and has also worked in New Zealand. He has five degrees from universities and colleges on three continents and is the author of A Traveller's History of Australia.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JSM on June 16, 2010
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This book starts very slow (with the geology of the country) and then ramps up as it approaches modern day New Zealand. It covers almost every major event that has been recorded in the country and explains the cultural and social significance on what happened and why it happened that way. I was there for 2 weeks and found myself referring back to what I had read to provide more background to what we were seeing. This book makes you semi-fluent in New Zealand history. MUST READ and definitely worth the money.

As a side note: the original Polynesian inhabitants are the Maori people. I was corrected (embarrassingly by a Maori) on how to say the word. It is not May-ore-ee (like most think). It is Mar-ee.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Weitz VINE VOICE on November 12, 2008
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This is a well written general introducton to New Zealand, and is a bt more than just a "Traveller's History". Chambers explains how the geology affected the geography of the region, and how this in turn determined the development of flora and fauna. The ethnographical dscusssion is interesting and written with considerable wit. I found the modern history to be intriguing, and beware the MMP! The book has nice maps and line drawngs and a good bibliography. I am at a loss, however as why one would need the historical gazetteer or list of rulers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlee on October 3, 2013
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A must read before trip to New Zealand if you are interested in the history - well written, and much great history of Maori people!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renee M Donathan on March 23, 2013
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Gift for my father who very proudly displays this book in his home. His one hope is to visit New Zealand in his lifetime.
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