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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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Putting the Treaty in a discursive context, Jim McAloon

Before Hobson Tony Simpson Blythswood Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780473312848 Tony Simpson has been writing history for a general, rather than academic, readership for a long time and to good effect. His aim in this book is to situate the Treaty…
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Scots collective and singular, Kirstine Moffat

Unpacking the Kists: The Scots in New Zealand Brad Patterson, Tom Brooking and Jim McAloon Otago University Press, $70.00, ISBN 9780773541900 I have always enjoyed the inventiveness of collective nouns, favourites being an exaltation of larks and a worship of…
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The inequality divide, Tim Hazledine

Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis Max Rashbrooke (ed) Bridget Williams Books, $40.00, ISBN 9781927131510 Judgements of All Kinds: Economic Policy-Making in New Zealand 1945-1984  Jim McAloon Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864738974 Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis is more than…
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Capitalists or cavaliers, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

No Idle Rich; The Wealthy in Canterbury & Otago 1840-1918 Jim McAloon University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276235 Rich and poor have always fought a war of words – turning at times to fists, batons and cavalry charges –…
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