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Agents Of Autonomy. Maori Committees in The Nineteenth Century. By Vincent O'Malley. In Softcovers, First Published in 1997 This edition first published in 1998, Black and white photographs, tine mark foredge, 307 Pages, Published By Huia Publishers Wellington.
A Good Copy, small crease on front cover

'Agents of Autonomy is an important study of the political struggle of maori to control their own world throughout the later 19th century...it should convince doubters that Maori leaders themselves devoted herculean energies in efforts to lead their people and sustain their, mana, demonstrating along the way sophisyticated political skills' Angela Ballara New Zealand Books. Scarce Maori History.

Agents of Autonomy examines the way that Maori reorganised and responded to the Crown's determined drive to secure Maori lands. O'Malley's history discusses in detail the succession of Maori organisations, or 'Native Committees', that formed throughout the nineteenth century and came very close to regaining control of their affairs and their resources.

Author Biography

Vincent O'Malley is currently a senior historian at the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. He is the author of many historical research reports, articles and academic papers on Maori - Pakeha relations. He has studied the alienation of Maori land in the Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Urewera, Muriwhenua and Hawke's Bay areas of New Zealand and presented evidence to the Waitangi tribunal with respect to several Treaty claims.


Agents of Autonomy explores "what might have been possible under a less greedy and domineering colonisation, and what might yet be possible if fresh efforts were to be made at serious devolution." -- Alan Ward, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Newcastle, NSW
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