Author(s): Ron Palenski
Examining the development of a sense of national identity in a British colony, this highly authoritative work is a valuable addition to the literature in New Zealand. By looking at the onset of home-grown shipping, railway, and telegraph networks as well as at the Maori and kiwi experiences, not to mention the emergence of rugby teams, this book accounts for how transplanted Britons, and others, turned themselves into New Zealanders—a distinct group of people with their own songs and sports, symbols and opinions, political traditions, and sense of self. Tracing markers in popular culture, political processes, and public events, this informative and thrilling history focuses on the forging of a distinctive new culture and society.
Ron Palenski ONZM is the founder and CE of the New Zealand Hall of Fame in Dunedin and the author of numerous books for a general audience, most notably All Blacks: The Authorised Portrait (2007), the Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby (1999) and How We Saw the War: 1939-45: Through New Zealand Eyes (2009). The Making of New Zealanders is based on Palenski's acclaimed PhD thesis from the University of Otago
Preface -- Orthographical note -- Introduction -- Chapter One: From Many to One: Linking the 'Fishing Villages' -- Chapter Two: The Press Stirred into New Life -- Chapter Three: The Symbols of 'Godzone' -- Chapter Four: Was New Zealand Exceptional? -- Chapter Five: 'New Zealand for the New Zealanders' -- Chapter Six: For God, for Queen and for (Which?) Country -- Chapter Seven: Forging a National Identity Through Sport Chapter Eight: In Thrall to the Oval Ball -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index