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Professor Tom Brooking

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Room 2C9, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 8628
Email tom.brooking@otago.ac.nz
 

Research Interests

Tom specialises in New Zealand and comparative rural and environmental history, New Zealand political history and the historical links between New Zealand and Scotland. This research has focused upon on environmental transformation and the role of colonising peoples in that process, particularly farming and its economic, environmental and sociological impacts.

He has published seven sole author books, two co-authored books, and three edited volumes, in addition to numerous book chapters, essays and articles. His three most recent major books are Making a New Land: Environmental Histories of New Zealand (University of Otago Press, 2013) edited with Eric Pawson; Unpacking the Kists: The Scots in New Zealand (McGill-Queens University Press with Otago University Press, 2013) co-authored with Brad Patterson and Jim McAloon and a large monogragh on the life of Richard John Seddon entitled Richard Seddon: King of God's Own (Penguin, 2014).
 

Areas of Research Supervision

New Zealand history, environmental history, social history, history of ideas, New Zealand and World War One, links between New Zealand and Scotland.
 

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Publications

Patterson, B., Brooking, T., & McAloon, J. (2013). Unpacking the kists: The Scots in New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 412p.

Brooking, T., & Pawson, E. (Eds.). (2011). Seeds of empire: The environmental transformation of New Zealand. London: I. B. Tauris, 296p.

Brooking, T. (2009). 'Green Scots and golden Irish': The environmental impact of Scottish and Irish settlers in New Zealand: Some preliminary ruminations. Journal of Irish & Scottish Studies, 3(1).

Brooking, T., & Pawson, E. (2007). Silences of grass: Retrieving the role of pasture plants in the development of New Zealand and the British Empire. Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History, XXXV(3), 417-436.

Brooking, T. (2006). Weaving the tartan into the flax: Networks, identities, and Scottish migration to nineteenth-century Otago, New Zealand. In A. McCarthy (Ed.), A global clan: Scottish migrant networks and identities since the eighteenth century. (pp. 183-202). London: Tauris Academic Studies.

Books - Revision/New Edition - prior to 2003

Brooking, T., & Enright, P. T. (1999). Milestones: Turning Points in New Zealand History, 2nd edition. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.

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Authored Book - Research

Patterson, B., Brooking, T., & McAloon, J. (2013). Unpacking the kists: The Scots in New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 412p.

Brooking, T. (2004). The history of New Zealand. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 250p.

Brooking, T. (1996). Lands for the People? The Highland Clearances and the Colonisation of New Zealand: a Biography of John McKenzie. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 363p.

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Edited Book - Research

Brooking, T., & Pawson, E. (Eds.). (2011). Seeds of empire: The environmental transformation of New Zealand. London: I. B. Tauris, 296p.

Brooking, T., & Coleman, J. (Eds.). (2003). The heather and the fern: Scottish migration & New Zealand settlement. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press, 206p.

Brooking, T., & Pawson, E. (Eds.). (2002). Environmental Histories of New Zealand (1 ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 342p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Brooking, T. (2011). Beyond the orderly appearance of productive rural land. In J. Ruru, J. Stephenson & M. Abbott (Eds.), Making our place: Exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 91-100). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Brooking, T. (2011). So different from the USA: Our late appreciation of wilderness. In M. Abbott & R. Reeve (Eds.), Wild heart: The possibility of wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 123-131). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Brooking, T. (2006). Hoteo to Sacred Hill, Tutira and Central: In search of the grass roots of New Zealand history. In K. Gentry & G. McLean (Eds.), Heartlands: New Zealand historians write about places where history happened. (pp. 180-194). Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin Books.

Brooking, T. (2006). Weaving the tartan into the flax: Networks, identities, and Scottish migration to nineteenth-century Otago, New Zealand. In A. McCarthy (Ed.), A global clan: Scottish migrant networks and identities since the eighteenth century. (pp. 183-202). London: Tauris Academic Studies.

Brooking, T. (2002). Together apart: 231 years of troubled relationship. In R. Catley (Ed.), Moving Together: Drifting Apart? NZ-Australian Relations, Papers from the 36th Otago Foreign Policy School. (1 ed.) (pp. 23-41). Wellington: Dark Horse Publishing.

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Journal - Research Article

Brooking, T. (2012). A model colony: Texts and the teaching of Scottish history in New Zealand schools, 1907-1945. Immigrants & Minorities, 30(1), 43-58. doi: 10.1080/02619288.2011.651330

Tong, D. C., Brooking, T. H., & Love, R. (2011). The management of maxillofacial trauma during the Korean War: A coming of age of a specialty. Journal of Military & Veterans' Health, 19(2), 10-14.

Brooking, T. (2009). 'Green Scots and golden Irish': The environmental impact of Scottish and Irish settlers in New Zealand: Some preliminary ruminations. Journal of Irish & Scottish Studies, 3(1).

Tong, D., Bamji, A., Brooking, T., & Love, R. (2008). Plastic Kiwis: New Zealanders and the development of a specialty. Journal of Military & Veterans' Health, 17(1), 11-18.

Wood, V., Brooking, T., & Perry, P. (2008). Pastoralism and politics: Reinterpreting contests for territory in Auckland Province, New Zealand, 1853-1864. Journal of Historical Geography, 34(2), 220-241.

Pawson, E., & Brooking, T. (2008). Empires of grass: Towards an environmental history of New Zealand agriculture. British Review of New Zealand Studies, 17, 95-114.

Star, P., & Brooking, T. (2007). The Department of Agriculture and pasture improvement, 1892-1914. New Zealand Geographer, 63, 192-201.

Brooking, T., & Pawson, E. (2007). Silences of grass: Retrieving the role of pasture plants in the development of New Zealand and the British Empire. Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History, XXXV(3), 417-436.

Star, P., & Brooking, T. (2006). Fescue to the rescue: Chewings fescue, paspalum, and the application of non-British experience to pastoral practice in New Zealand, 1880-1920. Agricultural History, 80(3), 312-335.

Pawson, E., & Brooking, T. (2000). Landscape change and environmental histories. New Zealand Geographer, 56(2), 52-56.

Brooking, T., Martin, D., Thomson, D., & James, H. B. (1999). The ties that bind: Persistance in a New World industrial suburb, 1902-1922. Social History, 24, 55-73.

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Journal - Research Other

Brooking, T. (2007). Applied science to the rescue. Environmental History, 12(2), 292-294.

Brooking, T. W., & Pawson, E. (2003). New Zealand environmental histories [Editorial]. Environment & History, 9(4, New Zealand), 375-378.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Brooking, T. (1997). The great escape: Wakefield and the Scottish settlement of Otago. In A. Mason (Ed.), Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the Colonial Dream: a Reconsideration. (pp. 123-134). Wellington: GP Publications. [Full Paper]

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