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Stirring up the dust, John McLellan

Tutu Te Puehu: New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars John Crawford and Ian McGibbon (eds) Steele Roberts, $50.00, ISBN 9780947493721 In February 2011, over 150 years after the start of the First Taranaki War, the first ever conference dedicated…
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History, memory and representation, Alfio Leotta

The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in Peace and War: 1895-1920 Christopher Pugsley Oratia Books, $80.00, ISBN 9780947506346 Filming the Colonial Past: The New Zealand Wars on Screen Annabel Cooper University of Otago Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781988531083 As…
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Colonial orientalism, Paula Morris

Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori World, 1880–1910  Roger Blackley Auckland University Press, $75.00, ISBN 9781869409357 The cover image of Roger Blackley’s impressive new book is a famous one: a tea break in Charles Goldie’s frame-stacked studio in…
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Going high, Julia Millen

To the Mountains: A Collection of New Zealand Alpine Writing Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey (eds) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781988531205 Since the arrival of Pacific peoples, New Zealand’s mountains have enthralled and enchanted. Māori revered the craggy peaks…
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The good, the bad and the ugly, John O’Leary

Scoundrels and Eccentrics of the Pacific John Dunmore Upstart Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988516219 William Deans: The Passionate Pioneer Louise Deans Wily Publications, $35.00, ISBN: 9781927167342 Just as Australia’s Outback has its “characters” (according to popular legend, at least), so that…
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Undercooked, Paul Moon

The Pacific in the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill Meaghan Wilson Anastasios HarperCollins, $45.00, ISBN 9781460756393 Is there anything new to say about Captain James Cook’s expeditions to the Pacific? Edited accounts of his voyages appeared from 1773…
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Down by the river, Nicholas Reid

The Waikato – A History of New Zealand’s Greatest River Paul Moon Atuanui Press, $70.00, ISBN 9780994137616 At 425 kilometres, the Waikato is the longest river in New Zealand. The case Paul Moon makes in The Waikato – A History…
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Whose history? Simon Hay

wThe Expatriate Myth: New Zealand Writers and the Colonial World  Helen Bones Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781988531175 The Expatriates  Martin Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781988533179 Helen Bones aims to dismantle the “myth” that New Zealand writers, in…
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The costs of war, Jock Phillips

Gallipoli to the Somme: Recollections of a New Zealand Infantryman Alexander Aitken (Alex Calder ed) Auckland University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869408817 Odyssey of the Unknown Anzac David Hastings Auckland University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781869408824 As we come towards the end…
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Historical revisionism, Kirstie Ross

Phoney Wars: New Zealand Society in the Second World War Stevan Eldred-Grigg with Hugh Eldred-Grigg Otago University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780947522230 The first Anzac Day during WWII shows us some of the multifarious, sometimes conflicting views of the war and…
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