Author(s): James Belich
This volume, the first in a two-volume work, looks at the history of New Zealand covering the period from the Polynesian settlement to the end of the 19th century.
Making Peoples examines Maori and Pakeha backgrounds, Maori settlement and pre-contact history. It re-inteprets Maori-European relations from1642 to the early 1900s, suggesting a new 'living' version of the Treaty of Waitangi. It traces European settlement, and unravels the myths and ralities which drove the colonisation process. Finally, it presents a new pucture of the colonial economy and society, and re-examines the origins of Pakeha.
Winner of Book Data New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 1997.
Making Maori: the prehistory of New Zealand; hunters and gardeners; the rise of the tribes; life before history. Contact and empire: the European discovery of New Zealand; the Maori discovery of Europe; fatal impact?; empire?; converting conversion; conquest?; swamps, sticks and carrots. Making Pakeha: the Pakeha prospectus; getting in; taken in?; getting on; lumped, split and bound.