A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific: The Formation of Identities / Edition 1

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This book provides an arresting interpretation of the history of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific from the earliest settlements to the present. Usually viewed in isolation, these societies are covered here in a single account, in which the authors show how the peoples of the region constructed their own identities and influenced those of their neighbours.

By broadening the focus to the regional level, this volume develops analyses - of economic, social and political history - which transcend national boundaries. The result is a compelling work which both describes the aspirations of European settlers and reveals how the dispossessed and marginalized indigenous peoples negotiated their own lives as best they could. The authors demonstrate that these stories are not separate but rather strands of a single history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An extremely welcome addition to the insulated worlds ofAustralian, New Zealand and Pacific Island history ... ofparticular use to under-graduate and graduate courses dealing withthese national contexts" Times Higher Education Supplement

" ... scholarly and well documented with maps, illustrations,appendixes, complete bibliography and index ... highly recommendedfor all university collections" CHOICE

"Denoon and his co-authors have made very important additions tothe still relatively small historiography of the Pacific."Pacific History

"Substantial and informative ... an insightful study that willprove challenging for academic and general readers of history onboth sides of the Tasman, and no doubt beyond ... Donald Denoon'sand Philippa Mein-Smith's achievement in delineating the past 200years of this region will, one would predict, stand unchallengedfor some considerable time." Australian HistoricalStudies

"This is an important book." International HistoryReview

"A considerable achievement. It is also lively and enlightening,not least in the numerous shrewd asides which season it."English Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631218739
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/27/2000
  • Series: Blackwell History of the World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Denoon is Professor of Pacific Islands History in theResearch School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.His previous books include Southern Africa Since 1800 (withBalam Nyeko, 1972 and 1984 ), Settler Capitalism (1981),The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders (Ed. 1997),and Getting Under the Skin: the Bougainville Copper Agreementand the Creation of the Panguna Mine (2000).

Dr Philippa Mein Smith teaches New Zealand and Australianhistory, and social history of medicine in the Department ofHistory, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her previouspublications include Mothers and King Baby: Infant Survival andWelfare in an Imperial World: Australia 1880-1950 (1997).

Professor Denoon and Dr. Mein-Smith enjoyed the privilege of amonth's fellowship at the Rockefeller Study Centre in Bellagio, todevelop the text.

Dr Marivic Wyndham is an Australian cultural historian.Her doctoral thesis focused on the life and literature of theAustralian novelist, Eleanor Dark (1901-1985). Her book, based onthe thesis and due for release in mid-2001, offers a cross-culturalanalysis of the writer. Dr Wyndham is now an Academic Adviser atthe Study Skills Centre, Australian National University.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Foundations of Contemporary Identities.

1. Representations of Regional, National and 'Ethnic'Identities.

Naming Rights.

European Frameworks.


Development Economics.


Not a Self-Evident Region.

2. Patterns of Pre-European Settlement and Interaction.

'Indigenous' Communities.

Austronesians, Lapita, Polynesians: Chronologies andCharters.


What Held Societies Together?.

Dealing with Outsiders.

3. Intersecting Worlds.

'Scientific Discoveries' and Conceptual Maps.

Captain Cook.

Du Fresne.

Encounters in the Twentieth Century.

Maori Discovery of Aborigines.

4. Depopulation and Immigration.


Dying Races.


Colonization and Settlement.

Part II: New Societies and Economies.

5. New Social Forms.

Convicts and Settlers.

Protestants and Polynesians.

The Catholic Revival.

The New Laws.

Tensions Between Empires.

Sport and Civilization.

6. Struggles for Land.

Maori and Pakeha.

Australian Squatters and Selectors.

Island Plantations and Cooperatives.

Land, Sovereignty and War.

Land and Destinies.

7. Mining.

Eldorado v. Arcadia.

Digger Democracy.

Types of Mining Enterprise.

Other Minerals.

Mining in the Islands.

8. Labour Relations.

The Convicts in Australia.

Women Convicts.

Free Settlement.

Assisted Labour.

A French Australia?.

Segregated Labour Markets.


Part III: New States and Social Identities.

9. New States.

An Imagined Region.

The Entrepreneurial States.


Australian Federation and Manifest Destinies.

10. New Settler Societies.

Men's Countries, Women's Rights.

Whom to Exclude.

Settler Societies and Cultural Expressions.

The Bulletin.

Bush Mythologies.

Urban Australia.

11. Capital and Labour: Resisting Globalization.

Boom and Bust.

Arbitration and Protection.

The Family and the Gender Division of Labour.

12. Be Prepared!.


Social Preparations.

Populate or Perish.


Part IV: Wars and Reconstructions.

13. The Great War.

Anzac Legends.

Mothers, Sisters and Wives.

Women's War Service.


The Odd Woman Out: Ettie Rout.

14. Anxious Peace.

Financial Insecurity.

The Great Depression.


Eugenics and King Baby.

For Art and Country: The Literature of Nation-Building.TheIsland Dependencies.

Maori and Aboriginal Initiatives.

15. War in Europe, and in the Pacific.

Storm Clouds.

War in Europe.

War in the Pacific.

Taking Part.

Women and Men.

Plans and Visions of Reconstruction.

New Zealand: Equality of Opportunity.

Bringing the Australian Intelligentsia to Heel.

16. Inter-dependencies.

Cold War, the American Alliance and Nuclear Politics.

Colonial Administrations Restored.

Migration from Europe, Polynesia, Asia.

Maori and Aboriginal Urbanization.



Part V: Reflections on Contemporary Identities.

17. Expanding Citizenship.

Aboriginal Australians.

Torres Strait Islanders.

South Sea Islanders.

Maori Revival and the Waitangi Tribunal.

Women's Liberation and Feminist Politics.

18. Decolonization?.

Colonial Contexts.

British Withdrawal.

French Dependencies.

Anglo-French Condominium.

New Zealand and Australian Dependencies.

Island Independence.

19. Globalization and National Identities.

The Closer Economic Relationship.

Muldoon and Douglas.

Australia and APEC.


Global or Regional?.

20. Popular Culture.

Cultural Globalization.

An Australian Hoax.

Youth Revolution.

Popular Culture.

American Influence and Local Invention.

From Bush to Beach Australia.

Clean, Green New Zealand.




Globalism and Parochialism.

21. Contemporary Identities.

Regional Crises and Security.

New Caledonia.

Wallace's Other Line.

Defining Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Defining Australia.

A Coherent Region.




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