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And on the strangest sea, Paul Moon

New Zealand and the Sea: Historical Perspectives  Frances Steel (ed) Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9780947518707 Ocean: Tales of Voyaging and Encounter that Defined New Zealand Sarah Ell Penguin Random House, $70.00, ISBN 9780143772675 Most histories of nations tend to…
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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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Gold-panning history, Paul Moon

Rushing for Gold: Life and Commerce on the Goldfields of New Zealand and Australia Lloyd Carpenter and Lyndon Fraser (eds) Otago University Press, $45.00 ISBN 9781877578540 Since 1887, when Vincent Pyke’s History of the Early Gold Discoveries in Otago was…
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A shadowy part of the country’s history, Paul Moon

From Alba to Aotearoa: Profiling New Zealand’s Scots Migrants 1840-1920 Rebecca Lenihan Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781877578793 Migration, Ethnicity, and Madness: New Zealand, 1860-1910 Angela McCarthy Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781927322000 The 12th century; 1642; 1769. These are…
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Moving historiographical boundaries, Paul Moon

Man of Secrets: The Private Life of Donald McLean Matthew Wright Penguin, $40.00, ISBN 9780143572213 At the Margin of Empire: John Webster and Hokianga, 1841–1900 Jennifer Ashton Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869408251 Those of us interested in reading about…
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Making up New Zealand, Geoff Watson

Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand. A History Paul Moon Penguin Books ISBN 9780143568506 The Voyagers: Remarkable European Explorations of New Zealand Paul Moon Penguin Books ISBN 9780143570554 In a year in which the historical focus is very much on…
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Opening the vaults, Paul Goldsmith

Turning Points Paul Moon New Holland Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869663797 Visiting the Catlins once, I walked under ancient trees, rimu or possibly beech, which our guide pointed out were more than a thousand years old. The trees pre-dated human population…
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Imperial entanglements, Paul Moon

Webs of Empire: Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past  Tony Ballantyne Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781927131435 Books on Britain’s colonisation of New Zealand range from the often jingoistic efforts of some writers in the 19th century, through to the heavily…
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Receding fast, Kevin L. Jones

New Zealand in the 20th Century: The Nation, The People Paul Moon HarperCollins, $50.00, ISBN 9781869508043 A declaration of interest: as an archaeologist, I am a consumer of 20th-century history. The beginning of the century (1900) is where our Historic…
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