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The Penguin History of New Zealand

by Michael King

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PUBLISHED: 22nd February 2012
ISBN: 9780143567578
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  • Paperback
    $27.26
PUBLISHED: 22nd February 2012
ISBN: 9780143567578

Publisher Description

New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the franchise, the movements and conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth. The Penguin History of New Zealand tells that story in all its colour and drama. The narrative that emerges is an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer. This bestselling book, the triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, is the unchallenged contemporary reference to the history of New Zealand.

Author Biography

The late Michael King was one of New Zealand's leading historians. Over three decades he wrote or edited more than 30 books, most of them New Zealand history or biography. He won a wide range of awards for this work, including the New Zealand Book Award for Non-fiction, the Wattie Book of the Year (twice), the Montana Medal for Non-fiction and, in 2003, an inaugural Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. He was a contributor to the prestigious Oxford History of New Zealand and wrote for all five volumes of The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Dr King taught or held fellowships at seven universities in New Zealand and other countries, including Georgetown University in Washington DC, where he was Visiting Professor of New Zealand Studies.

Prizes

Winner of Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2011
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2004

Promotional "Headline"

This bestselling book, the triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, is the unchallenged contemporary reference on the history of New Zealand.

Product Details

Author
Michael King
Pages
576
Publisher
Penguin Group (NZ)
Year
2012
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
0143567578
ISBN-13
9780143567578
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Publication Date
2012-02-22
Language
English
Media
Book
Audience
General/Trade

Product Reviews

25 Mar, 2019
Brilliant, concise and unbiased
By michael
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