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A traveller's history of New Zealand and the South Pacific islands
Chambers, John H., 1939-
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Interlink Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
xii, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
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DU28.3 .C468 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands gives the curious tourist not only a modern day portrait of New Zealand and the far flung islands, their political systems and economic diversity, but also looks at the early settling of this massive area which covers about a fifth of the whole surface of the earth. When European navigators first sailed into the region, they were astonished at the exotic shared culture and language of the natives, separated in many cases by terrifying stretches of open ocean. The story of the peopling of the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand is one of the world's great epics. The book also has practical information for visitors, an Historical Gazetteer, and is illustrated with relevant maps plus a Chronology of Events. Special topics covered include Firewalking in Fiji, the Musket Wars, the Haka, Polynesian Tattooing and the Jon Frum Cargo Cult of Vanuatu.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Waterworldp. 1
Chapter 1 A Brief History of the Physical Environmentp. 7
Chapter 2 Early South Pacific Culturesp. 24
Chapter 3 Special Cases: Easter Islanders, Fijians, Maorip. 52
Chapter 4 Contact and Commerce: the South Pacific Islands to around 1900p. 77
Chapter 5 Christianity and Colonization: the South Pacific Islands to around 1900p. 101
Chapter 6 Maori Musket Wars, Christianity, Colonization: New Zealand to 1840p. 125
Chapter 7 Settlements and Wars: New Zealand to 1872p. 148
Chapter 8 South Pacific Britannia: New Zealand 1861 to the Early 1900sp. 171
Chapter 9 Making a Nation: New Zealand to 1918p. 193
Chapter 10 New Zealand from 1920s to 1945p. 217
Chapter 11 Prosperous South Pacific Nation: New Zealand 1945 to the 1980sp. 238
Chapter 12 Radical Changes at Home and Abroad: New Zealand post-1980p. 261
Chapter 13 'The Pacific Way': South Pacific Islands since 1901p. 283
Appendix 1 Firewalking in Fijip. 321
Appendix 2 The Treaty of Waitangip. 324
Appendix 3 Haka: A Living Traditionp. 326
Appendix 4 Moko: Maori Facial Tattoop. 331
Appendix 5 Largest Islands, South Pacificp. 335
Monarchs, Governors, Presidents, Prime Ministersp. 336
Chronology of Major Eventsp. 347
Further Readingp. 359
Historical Gazetteerp. 363
Indexp. 395
Waterworld: New Zealand in the Centre of the Oceansp. 2
Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesiap. 5
Physical Map of New Zealandp. 16
The Origins and Voyages of the Polynesiansp. 31
Modern New Zealandp. 276
Modern Fijip. 296
New Zealand and South Pacific Islands: Exclusive Economic Zonesp. 308
Diagram: The Creation of a Coral Atollp. 14