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Removal from the Wings

J.G.A. Pocock, 20 March 1997

Making Peoples: A History of the New Zealanders from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the 19th Century 
by James Belich.
Allen Lane, 497 pp., £25, October 1996, 0 7139 9171 2
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... Chinese curse: they live in interesting times and discover that they have an interesting history. James Belich’s volume – the first of a projected two – is the most remarkable product so far of the historiographical re-assessment with which New Zealanders have been challenging their sense of themselves. It should remove them from the wings, and ...

Little Englander Histories

Linda Colley: Little Englandism, 22 July 2010

A Mad, Bad & Dangerous People? England 1783-1846 
by Boyd Hilton.
Oxford, 757 pp., £21, June 2008, 978 0 19 921891 2
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Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld, 1780-1939 
by James Belich.
Oxford, 573 pp., £25, June 2009, 978 0 19 929727 6
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... politics, he neglects the roles and resonance of the monarchy in this society. As John Belchem and James Epstein have shown, there was also an influential language of rights and constitutionalism that was British-wide and British in emphasis. When a radical named Joseph Gerrald, on trial for his life, told an Edinburgh jury in 1794, ‘You are Britons – you ...

Settlers v. Natives

Stephen Sedley, 8 March 2001

Questioning Sovereignty: Law, State and Nation in the European Commonwealth 
by Neil MacCormick.
Oxford, 210 pp., £40, October 2000, 0 19 826876 9
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Waitangi and Indigenous Rights: Revolution, Law and Legitimation 
by F.M. Brookfield.
Auckland, 253 pp., NZ $39.95, November 1999, 1 86940 184 0
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... a certain age are familiar, New Zealand has been awakened by modern scholars, prominent among them James Belich, to the fact that the Maori tribes, well accustomed to fighting and enslaving each other during the centuries before the Europeans arrived, for over thirty years inflicted a series of military defeats on British troops, developing among other ...


J.G.A. Pocock: Maori, 8 September 2011

Encircled Lands: Te Urewera, 1820-1921 
by Judith Binney.
Bridget Williams, 670 pp., £50, May 2009, 978 1 877242 44 1
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Stories without End: Essays, 1975-2010 
by Judith Binney.
Bridget Williams, 424 pp., £30, May 2010, 978 1 877242 47 2
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... historiographies it has generated. In this, a major figure among New Zealand historians has been James Belich, a historian of the ‘Angloworld’, the massive emigration of English-speaking peoples who changed global geography by their settlements in North America and the southern hemisphere; Belich continues the ...

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