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Tangata ora, Matariki Williams

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris Bridget Williams Books, $100.00, ISBN 9781927131411 The final chapter of the weighty Tangata Whenua is titled “Tangata Whenua, Tangata Ora”, and the book could just as easily have…
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Obituary — Judith Binney

Judith Binney  (1940-2011) Judith Binney dedicated her books to those from whom she herself had learnt: in 1995, Sir Monita Delamere and Sir Keith Sinclair; in 2009, Tuhoe’s great 19th-century leaders, “who chose to walk the long paths to peace”,…
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History made and re-made, Bronwyn Dalley

Stories without End: Essays 1975-2010 Judith Binney Bridget Williams Books, $49.99, ISBN 9781877242472   Since reading Stories without End, a collection of Judith Binney’s essays, I’ve been talking with  fellow historians about the collected works of other New Zealand historians.…
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Lofty ideals and fatal flaws, Alan Ward

Encircled Lands: Te Urewera, 1820-1921 Judith Binney Bridget Williams Books, $79.99, ISBN 9781877242441 This is arguably the most important book on Maori-Pakeha relations to be published in the last quarter-century, unlikely to be equalled in this generation. Its importance stems…
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Pioneering efforts, Tom Brooking

The Legacy of Guilt: A Life of Thomas Kendall Judith Binney Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 1877242330 There are few New Zealand history books that can be described as seminal, that is, books so deep in their research and broad…
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Argument without end, Michael King

The Shaping of History: Essays from The New Zealand Journal of History ed Judith Binney Bridget Williams Books, $49.95, ISBN 1877242179 Histories, Power and Loss: Uses of the Past – a New Zealand Commentary ed Andrew Sharp and Paul McHugh…
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The making of new kinds of history, J G A Pocock

Redemption Songs: a life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki Judith Binney Auckland University Press and Bridget Williams Books, $79.95, ISBN 1 86940 131 x This book is a major achievement. Not, perhaps, of the printer’s and bookbinder’s art. It…
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Waves and ripples, Melanie Nolan

The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand Keith Sinclair (ed), Oxford University Press, 1990, $59.95 The People and The Land. Te Tangata Me Te Whenua Judith Bassett, Judith Binney, Erik Olssen Allen and Unwin/ Port Nicholson Press, Wellington, 1990, $59.95…
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