Making a New Land: Environmental Histories of New Zealand

Author(s): Eric Pawson; Tom Brooking

NZ History/Society

Making a New Land (New Edition) 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.


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"This is a good book..." - The Daily Newspaper, July 2004.

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781877578526
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : November 2013
  • : New Zealand
  • : November 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : New edition
  • : 304.20993
  • : 391
  • : Black and white illustrations
  • : Eric Pawson; Tom Brooking
  • : Paperback