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This is the story of the meeting of 2 very different peoples & the steady building of the one nation promised by Hobson at the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Maori were Polynesians who had been moving across the vast Pacific for millenia, separated from the great mass of humanity & had remained a tribal, Stone Age, people. The British had shared in the considerable advances of civlization, through the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution & the growth of cities in nation states. By the end of the 18th century they had come to recognise the rights of all peoples & had become concerned with the great harm done by previous European explorers & colonists.

That remarkable cultural change, largely carried out consciously, is absent in today's discourse, sadly buried beneath a blanket of denial of positive British intentions & actions & ignoring the desires of Maori for a change from their dysfunctional traditional culture, from tribalism to rule by a central authority that alone could bring peace & security. The true story is here built on the observations of those who were present at the time & the often absurd proclamations of revisionist historians are corrected.

The comprehensive description here of what did happen includes an understanding of the reasons why the Maori population decreased through the 19th century. The conflict between some Maori & the government was a direct consequence of cultural stresses & the rebellion of a few tribes against the new authority & there was little impact on Maori numbers & health from that fighting & loss of land. Maori have profited considerably from increasing equality in the modern world & as this book shows, Treaty grievances are not well founded.

Author: John Robinson
Binding: Cardcover, 280 pgs, b&w pics
Condition: New
Publisher: Tross Publishing, Wellington Please click here to ask a question
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