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New Book Places NZ History in a New Context...

New Book Places New Zealand History in a Compelling New Context...

MELBOURNE, May 4 /MediaNet International-AsiaNet/ --

Cambridge University Press (Australia and New Zealand) proudly announces publication of “A Concise History of New Zealand” by Philippa Mein-Smith (University of Canterbury - Christchurch)

There have been other histories of this ancient land and the events themselves are fairly well known. But now, Philippa Mein-Smith presents more than a mere series of events - this is a book that asks the question of how those events work to define a nation.

The book asks what it means to be a relatively small and isolated country in a globalising world. It is a work that emphasises the defining role economics has played in shaping New Zealand’s history. It addresses the country’s national myths and questions their very truth and relevance today. And where others tell the country’s history as that of a former British colony, Mein-Smith maintains the country’s relationships with Australia and the Pacific region are vastly more important.

In short, this is an important and engaging new book that makes New Zealand’s history come alive for the reader who wishes to know more than just the events.

Published May 2005 PB $36.95

216 x 138 mm 320 pages 21 b&w photos 17 diagrams 2 tables 7 maps

For further information on this book, visit; http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521542286

SOURCE: Cambridge University Press

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