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When the spear is thrown

J.G.A. Pocock, 8 October 1992

Two Worlds: First Meetings between Maori and Europeans, 1642-1772 
by Anne Salmond.
Viking, 477 pp., £18.99, March 1992, 0 670 83298 7
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... The present book avoids such manichean pitfalls, but confronts their methodological preconditions. Anne Salmond, a Pakeha anthropologist at the University of Auckland, has spent much time with Maori informants, modern and sophisticated people – there are some formidably effective Maori jurists – who have communicated to her a sense of the ...

What would the Tahitians say?

Joyce Chaplin: Captain Bligh, 24 May 2012

Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas 
by Anne Salmond.
California, 528 pp., £27.95, October 2011, 978 0 520 27056 5
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... scholarly reassessment of Bligh echoes his gradual rehabilitation on film. In her new biography, Anne Salmond endorses the near consensus that Bligh was defeated by an impossible task. She also makes a case that the tubby Englishman (only about five feet tall) should be remembered as something other than a mini-Napoleon. Above all, she insists that the ...
... was emphatically against that. Two questions it would have to be. Strong rumour suggests that Alex Salmond would have preferred to go for devo-max – which would undoubtedly have been accepted by a massive majority of the Scottish electorate – and then, after bedding down the new powers, to go to the country again in a few years’ time on the final step of ...

William Wallace, Unionist

Colin Kidd: The Idea of Devolution, 23 March 2006

State of the Union: Unionism and the Alternatives in the United Kingdom since 1707 
by Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan.
Oxford, 283 pp., £45, September 2005, 0 19 925820 1
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... Thus the eventual union of the kingdoms was an odd arrangement negotiated on behalf of Queen Anne as Queen of England with herself as Queen of Scotland. The conventional English understanding of the Union of 1707 is that Scotland was incorporated within the English state by Act of Parliament, and that, in the words of the chief guru of English ...

The Leopard

James Meek: A Leopard in the Family, 19 June 2014

... on a technicality, I was living in Scotland, but I was 16 and too young to vote. Alex Salmond’s predecessor as leader of the Scottish National Party, the social democrat Gordon Wilson, happened to be our local MP in East Dundee. The gap between him and radical socialists like George Galloway, then cutting his teeth in the bear pit of the Dundee ...

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