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Art of the state, Jane Kelsey

Redesigning the Welfare State in New Zealand: Problems, Policies, Prospects eds Jonathan Boston, Paul Dalziel, Susan St John Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 019 558 3736 6 A Super Future?: The Price of Growing Older in New Zealand Anne Else…
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In the wars, Piers Reid

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History ed Ian McGibbon, with the assistance of Paul Goldstone Oxford University Press, $89.95, ISBN 0195583760   The 20th century has seen a significant readjustment of New Zealand’s outlook on matters of defence.…
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Generous to a fault, Jane Stafford

New Zealand Love Poems ed Lauris Edmond Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0195583981 Posthumous volumes invite a certain kind of reading, a feeling that, as this is the last time we will speak to the author, they are addressing us…
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Mucking in, Bill Sewell

Travelling to New Zealand  ed Lydia Wevers Oxford University Press, $59.95, ISBN 0195584112   It was literally the sort of pub where the conversation stops when a stranger walks in. Only there were just three customers, plus the proprietor, in…
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Into the sunlight? Martin Sutton

Out of the Shadow of War: The German Connection with New Zealand in the Twentieth Century ed James Bade Oxford University Press, $39.95, ISBN 019 558363 9 This book is a companion volume to The German Connection: New Zealand and…
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The same difference, Alison Laurie

Feminist Thought in Aotearoa New Zealand, Connections and Differences ed Rosemary du Plessis and Lynne Alice Oxford University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 19 558356 6 “Feminist scholarship is founded on contestation of  hat counts as knowledge and what knowledge counts”,…
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Mapping the citadel, Lydia Wevers

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature in English Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie (eds) Oxford University Press, $79.95 ISBN 0 19558348 5 The publication of this book should have been timed for the millennium. If there is going to…
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Second time around, Elizabeth Webby

The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English (2nd edition) Terry Sturm (ed) Oxford University Press, $89.95 ISBN 0 19558385 X That a second edition of this substantial reference-work has been required less than a decade after it was…
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Dispelling the myths, Anaru Vercoe

Te Mana Te Kawanatanga: The Politics of Maori Self-Determination Mason Durie Oxford University Press, $39.95 ISBN 019558367 1 Mai i Rangiatea: Maori Wellbeing and Development Pania Te Whaiti, Marie McCarthy and Arohia Durie (eds) Auckland University Press and Bridget Williams…
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They also serve, Joel Hayward

Salute to Service: A History of the Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport and its Predecessors, 1860-1996 Julia Millen Victoria University Press, $49.95 ISBN 0 86473 324 0 Jayforce: New Zealand and the Military Occupation of Japan, 1945-48 Laurie Brocklebank…
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