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Posthumous vindication, David V Williams

After the Treaty: The Settler State, Race Relations and Power in Colonial New Zealand Brad Patterson, Richard S Hill and Kathryn Patterson (eds) Steele Roberts, $40.00, ISBN 9780947493158 There was a time in New Zealand when university historians took umbrage…
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Colliding pasts, Lydia Wevers

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds Anne Salmond Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408657   The cover blurb suggests Tears of Rangi is Anne Salmond’s “most ambitious book to date”, and in many respects this is the case, since in…
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Grudging nationalist, Mark Williams

Charles Brasch: Journals 1945-1957 Peter Simpson (ed) Otago University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781927322284 I approached this book rather in the spirit of someone visiting a civic monument to a figure august and admired, but obscurely known. In the late 1980s,…
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Championing indigenous art histories, Stella Ramage

Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki Conal McCarthy and Mark Stocker (eds) Victoria University Press, $80.00, ISBN 9781776561094 The Gedenkschrift – essays by colleagues collected in posthumous commemoration of an esteemed academic – is an…
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Getting the news out, James Norcliffe

Surviving 7.8: New Zealanders Respond to the Earthquakes of November 2016 Phil Pennington and Radio New Zealand HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775541103   New Zealanders, Cantabrians in particular, have, over the last half-dozen years, become reluctant experts in earthquakes. We have…
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Changing times, David Grant

The New Zealand Labour Party 1916–2016 Peter Franks and Jim McAloon Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781776560745 Researching a history of conservative political parties in New Zealand would be relatively straight-forward. The Reform/National Parties have, from their early beginnings to…
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Revisiting the 1930s, Tony Simpson

The Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand 1928–1939 Malcolm McKinnon Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781927322260 In 1968, I left my home town of Christchurch and came to Wellington to work as a producer in radio in…
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New Zealand’s bloodiest campaign, Steven Loveridge

New Zealand’s Western Front Campaign Ian McGibbon Bateman, $80.00, ISBN 9781869539269 Efforts to explain and/or convey WWI’s Western Front have endured for a century. Libraries could be stocked with military histories investigating the operation of armies, the performance of commanders…
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Town and country, Simon Upton

The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920 Ben Schrader Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9780947492434 I live in a very large city – Paris. It is a melting-pot of anonymity, dynamic and dangerous. There are futuristic experiments in eco-design and…
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Treaty flows, Alex Calder

Treaty of Waitangi: The Land is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State  Miranda Johnson Oxford University Press, $41.00, ISBN 9780190600020 Reconciliation, Representation and Indigeneity: “Biculturalism” in Aotearoa New Zealand   Peter Adds, Brigitte Bönish-Brednich, Richard S Hill, Graeme Whimp…
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