Download A Concise History of New Zealand (2nd Edition) by Philippa Mein Smith PDF

By Philippa Mein Smith

New Zealand used to be the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled by means of people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is fantastically narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the results of the country's smallness and isolation, from its past due payment by way of Polynesian voyagers and colonisation by means of Europeans—and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha—to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to control worldwide forces. A Concise background of latest Zealand locations New Zealand in its worldwide and local context. It unravels key moments—the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior—showing their function as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, monetary and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.

Show description

Read or Download A Concise History of New Zealand (2nd Edition) PDF

Best history books

A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict

In 1982, the typical Briton didn't comprehend the Falkland Islands existed, not to mention their prestige as a disputed British territory simply off the coast of Argentina. that modified whilst the Argentinians invaded the islands and beaten the small protecting strength. either international locations claimed the islands have been theirs, yet now Argentina notion the British could provide them up with out a struggle.

Mother of Invention: How the Government Created "Free-Market" Health Care

By means of hoping on deepest firm greater than the other built state, American future health care has all of the appearances of the free-market in motion. And for greater than 100 years, makes an attempt to reform the program (including President Obama's reasonable Care Act) were met with competition from events caution opposed to the stifling impact of presidency intervention.

All About History: Book of Ancient Egypt

All approximately background is the stunningly realised new journal from the makers of the way it really works and All approximately house. that includes appealing illustrations, photographs and photos depicting every little thing from historical civilisations to the chilly conflict, All approximately heritage is obtainable and wonderful to all and makes historical past enjoyable for the total family members.

Remagen 1945: endgame against the Third Reich

Книга Osprey crusade №175. Remagen 1945 Osprey crusade №175. Remagen 1945 Книги Исторические Автор: S. J. Zaloga Формат: pdf Издат. :Osprey Страниц: ninety eight Размер: fifty four Mb ISBN: 084603 018 five Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Сериявоенных книгCampaign от Osprey.

Additional info for A Concise History of New Zealand (2nd Edition)

Sample text

But in the early sixth century bc, athletes began to come from all over the Greek world. And a long, impressive series of victories by athletes from Magna Graecia began (see chapter 9). For many years the Olympics held center stage – indeed, the only regularly recurrent show in Greece. There were other athletic con tests. Funeral games still took place now and then (Roller 1981: 1–18). And there probably were competitions at local, annual festivals. But there were no other Panhellenic athletic festivals which drew contestants at a pre-arranged time from all parts of the Greek world.

Only one thing is wholly certain: the runners used a standing start, not the start from all fours which is now standard in the shorter modern races. There are many artistic representations of an individual runner at the start. Vase paintings and plastic art show athletes in two different upright starting positions. In the first of these, the athletes place one foot a few inches in front of the other, the arms stretched forward. In the second starting style, the athletes have their feet and legs together, parallel, and their knees are slightly bent.

Promoters can in many places now organize such contests, and they are taped for television. 295 Combat and Equestrian Events A bloody boxing match; British Museum, b–f Ampbhora, Most people call these new contests “ultimate fighting,” but some even still use the ancient Greek name, pancration. ” The presence of such an event as an integral part of the Olympic program surprises those who are overly credulous about the “glories of ancient Greece,” and often even idealize ancient Greeks as a people with especial restraint and BHOC04 42 16/4/04, 4:47 PM Combat and Equestrian Events 43 humanity.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.81 of 5 – based on 21 votes