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  • The State in New Zealand, 1840-198by Michael Bassett

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 29.15

    In this innovative study Michael Bassett, historian and former politician, explores how and why the state became such an active and interventionist player in New Zealand life, developing, subsidising and regulating the economy and protecting citizens from the cradle to the grave. He looks in detail at the many schemes in which a paternalistic government... more...

  • Making Sheep Countryby Robert Peden

    Auckland University Press 2011; US$ 31.99

    From the 1840s through World War I, the South Island of New Zealand was transformed as large tracts of land were claimed, native vegetation was burned, and large-scale sheep farming was established for wool and, later, meat production. This record focuses on one case study in particular—John Barton Acland and the Mt Peel Station in South Canterbury,... more...

  • A Savage Historyby John Newton

    University of New South Wales Press 2013; US$ 39.99

    Celebrated, revered, and studied, whales hold particular allure, but for much of history they have been relentlessly hunted throughout the oceans. A Savage History is a powerful account of a complex and bloody relationship that tells the rich history of whales and whaling, following the stories of whalers from the 18th century to the present day.... more...

  • Settlersby Jock Phillips; Terry Hearn

    Auckland University Press 2008; US$ 23.99

    Analyzing everything from shipping records to death registers, this book takes an in-depth look at New Zealand's European ancestors, exploring the origins of the island's national identity. Using individual examples of immigrants and their families, it examines their geographical origins, their occupational and class backgrounds, and their religion... more...

  • Treasuryby Malcolm McKinnon

    Auckland University Press 2003; US$ 31.99

    Commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this interpretive history tackles New Zealand's most important department of state, the Treasury Department. The history of the complex interplay between New Zealand's government, economy, and people is detailed. McKinnon shows the perennial jousting of officials with ministers, the rise and fall... more...

  • The Luck of the Irishby Babette Smith

    Allen & Unwin 2014; US$ 27.26

    The author of the bestselling Cargo of Women and Australia's Birthstain tracks the lives of Irish convicts who arrived in Australia the mid-1800s, uncovering a longlasting influence of the Irish convicts on our national character. more...

  • A History of Canberraby Nicholas Brown

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 32.00

    In this charming and concise book, Nicholas Brown looks beyond the clichés to illuminate the colourful history of Australia's capital. more...

  • Shoot Straight, You Bastards!by Nick Bleszynski

    Random House Australia 2011; US$ 17.08

    A fascinating insight into Breaker Morant and the question of morality and human life. The question of "The Breaker's" innocence is still being fiercely debated more than a century after Lieutenant Harry Morant and Lieutenant Peter Handcock were shot on a lonely veldt outside Pretoria at dawn on 27 February, 1902, by a British military firing squad.... more...

  • Australians in Papua New Guinea 1960–1975by Ceridwen Spark; Seumas Spark; Christina Twomey

    University of Queensland Press 2014; US$ 15.99

    Australians in Papua New Guinea provides a history of the late Australian years in Papua New Guinea through the eyes of 13 Australians and four Papua New Guineans by presenting the experiences of Australians who went to work in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over several decades before the 1970s. This extraordinary book balances expatriates with indigenous... more...

  • Daughters of Erebusby Paul Holmes

    Hachette New Zealand 2011; US$ 9.99

    How 287 people died in the air crash on Mt Erebus. What caused the crash and who covered it up more...