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Disputed Histories

Friday 1 November 2013 10:00am

Imagining New Zealand's Pasts

Edited by Tony Ballantyne & Brian Moloughney

Ballantyne Moloughney Disputed Histories cover imageThe book

In this volume, leading historians reflect on writing about New Zealand's past. They also test how that past is investigated and framed. Their essays tell us much about New Zealand's many pasts and how historians have imagined them, and indicate particular concerns with what the country is now and the current role of history as a discipine within our nation. They ask questions and venture some answers.

The introductory essay by the editors surveys the work of historians since the 1980s, while the final essay is based on an interview with Erik Olssen, whose work has been at the forefront of historical research and methodology in the period. In between, a variety of topics are visited and methodologies applied. Running through the volume are two threads: discussions of the limits of national history and the search for new archives and sites of historical enquiry.

'An excellent overview of the importance of historical vision in the rethinking of a society that has become intensely conscious of its bicultural condition, but now needs to rethink that'Australian Historical Studies, April 2007

The editors

TONY BALLANTYNE is Professor of History at the University of Otago, where his research focuses on the cultural history of the British Empire during the 19th century. His recent books include Webs of Empire: Locating New Zealand's colonial past (BWB, 2012) and Entanglements of empire: Missionaries, Māori, and the question of the body (Duke University Press, 2014). He is co-editor with Judy Bennett of Landscape/Community: Perspectives from New Zealand History (Otago University Press, 2005).

Professor BRIAN MOLOUGHNEY is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities at the University of Otago. He was editor of the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies for five years and is an associate editor of the e-journal Historiography East & West. His books include Asia in the Making of New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2006) and Transforming History: The Making of a Modern Academic Discipline in Twentieth-Century China (Chinese University Press, 2011).


Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney, Barbara Brookes, Bronwyn Dalley, Miles Fairburn, Erik Olssen, Michael P.J. Reilly, David Thomson

Publication details

Paperback, 235 x 155 mm, 288 pages, illustrated, ISBN 978 1 877372 16 2, $49.95