Peoples of the Pacific
Volume 3, The History of Oceania to 1870
This third volume of The Pacific World: Land, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500–1900 brings together 26 papers written between 1817 and 1994 and covering the history of the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands from first colonization to the spread of European colonial rule in the late 19th century. No jacket
In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific
For a thousand years, Polynesians have inhabited a vast triangle of the Pacific with its points at New Zealand, Easter Island and Hawai’i. This wide-ranging account follows the journeys of the first Europeans in the region, and records their puzzlement at how a people with Stone-Age technology could have conquered 10 million square miles of ocean. It then draws on both Polynesian oral histories and the latest science to trace their origins and convey the magnitude of their achievement.
Makers of the Modern World: WF Massey
New Zealand’s wartime Prime Minister, William Massey went to the Peace Conference to fight for his country’s interests, including recognition of its wartime sacrifice; a strong, united Empire and imperial preference in trade; and practical measures against future German aggression. Slightly off-mint.
Devils on Horses
In the Words of the Anzacs in the Middle East 1916–19
Drawing on a large selection of personal diaries and letters as well as other archival material, newspaper reports and memoirs, this book describes the long campaign of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles against the Turks in the Sinai Peninsula from 1916-1918.
The Captain and "the Cannibal"
An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage
In 1830 the celebrated Captain Morrell kidnapped Dako, a young nobleman from an island off New Guinea, then took him to America and exhibited him as a ‘cannibal’. In this reconstruction of the two men’s interlaced odysseys, an anthropologist delves into a mass of archival material and examines the worldviews of the islanders and Americans, neither of whom initially viewed the other as entirely human.
The Great Race
Described by The Times as 'an epic tale told concisely and confidently', this book recounts the European 'discovery' and initial exploration of Australia, then concentrates on the rivalry between Matthew Flinders of England and Nicolas Baudin of France in the quest to chart the coast of the Great South Land and compile the definitive map of the continent. Working from first-hand accounts including diaries, Hill celebrates the courage and determination that fuelled their danger-filled voyages.