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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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... To explain why Judith Binney – who died in New Zealand in February – is a major figure in contemporary historiography it is necessary to explain why the history of her country has become a field of which contemporary historians do well to take notice. They have not always done so. New Zealand has been considered a safe, dull Anglo-democracy, with a welfare state 75 years old and reasonable race relations, small and remote enough – even in times of world war – to be dismissed as happy in having no history; none at least, to which historians need bother to attend ...

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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... Israel chosen to suffer, were challenging the mana of those who held it from their ancestors. Like Judith Binney in her recent superb study of the prophet Te Kooti (Redemption Songs, 1995) Belich offers evidence that wars of religion were breaking out within the structures of several iwi, including Ngatiporou. If they were, they were allayed; partly ...

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