Author(s): James Belich
Award winning account of late 18th century New Zealand colonial clash of cultures. Along with its companion volume Paradise Reforged, this book has been hailed as redefining New Zealand history. It is undoubtedly the most important work of New Zealand history since Keith Sinclair's classic The History of New ZealandMaking Peoples covers the period from first settlement to the end of the nineteenth century and its release in paperback will coincide perfectly with the publication of the sequel, Paradise Reforged (which covers the twentieth century). This a major piece of publishing. Part One: Polynesian background, Maori settlement and pre-contact history. Part Two: Maori-European relations to 1900. Part Three: Pakeha colonisation and settlement. James Belich's Making Peoples is a major work which reshapes our understanding of New Zealand history, challenges traditional views and debunks many myths, while also recognising the value of myths as historical forces. Many of its assertions are new and controversial.