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Environmental histories of New Zealand

Edited by Eric Pawson & Tom Brooking

making_a_new_landThe book

Making a New Land presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid and extensive transformations in human history: that which followed Maori and then European colonisation of New Zealand's temperate islands. This is a new edition of Environmental Histories of New Zealand, first published in 2002, brimming with new content and fresh insights into the causes and nature of this transformation, and the new landscapes and places that it produced.

Unusually among environmental histories, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of change, focusing on international as well as local contexts. Its 19 chapters are organised in five broadly chronological parts: Encounters, Colonising, Wild Places, Modernising, and Contemporary Perspectives. These are framed by an editorial introduction and a reflective epilogue. The book is well illustrated with photographs, maps, cartoons and other graphics.

' … stimulating perspectives with the environment as the active ingredient'NZ Herald

The editors

ERIC PAWSON is Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury. He is the author or co-author of three books, co-editor of five more, and of many book chapters and articles in refereed journals.

TOM BROOKING is Professor of History at the University of Otago, where he has taught for 34 years. He is the author of six monographs, two edited collections and one co-authored book, in addition to numerous essays, articles and reviews.


Eric Pawson, Tom Brooking, Atholl Anderson, Evelyn Stokes, Jim McAloon, Robert Peden, Peter Holland, Terry Hearn, Graeme Wynn, Paul Star, Lynne Lochhead, Geoff Park, Vaughan Wood, Michael Roche, James Beattie, Katie Pickles, Nicola Wheen, Michael J. Stevens, Andreas Aagaard Christensen

Publication details

Paperback, 396 pages, illustrated, ISBN 978 1 877578 52 6, $50

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