The Shaping of History

The Shaping of History

Essays from the New Zealand Journal of History, 1967–1999

Out of print – digital edition now available

The writing of history will only flourish if there is a vehicle for its publication: such was Sir Keith Sinclair’s vision when he founded The New Zealand Journal of History in 1967. Since then the journal has been the conduit for a flow of remarkable history writing. The Shaping of History brings together a selection of essays from its first 30 years by some of the nation’s best-known historians, including Judith Binney, Tipene O’Regan, Claudia Orange, Barbara Brookes, Alan Ward, Jock Phillips and Jamie Belich. Their sharp analysis and great storytelling make the collection an essential resource for understanding how New Zealand history is shaped.


Angela Ballara
James Belich
Judith Binney
Barbara Brookes
Tom Brooking
Caroline Daley
Raewyn Dalziel
Miles Fairburn
Jim Holt
Duncan Mackay
Erik N. Olssen

Peter O’Connor
Vincent O’Malley
Claudia Orange
Sir Tipene O’Regan
Jock Phillips
John Pocock
Ruth Ross
Russell Stone
Ann Trotter
Alan Ward
Dean Wilson

Table of contents


Part 1: Encountering Maori Histories

1. Judith Binney – Maori Oral Narratives, Pakeha Written Texts: Two Forms of Telling History
2. Tipene O'Regan – Old Myths and New Politics: Some Contemporary Uses of Traditional History
3. J.G.A. Pocock – Tangata Whenua and Enlightenment Anthropology
4. Claudia Orange – An Exercise in Maori Autonomy: The Rise and Demise of the Maori War Effort Organization
5. Angela Ballara – Wahine Rangatira: Maori Women of Rank and their Role in the Women’s Kotahitanga Movement of the 1890s

Part 2: Altering the Focus: The Treaty of Waitangi

6. R.M. Ross – Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Texts and Translations
7. Alan Ward – History and Historians before the Waitangi Tribunal: Some Reflections on the Ngai Tahu Claim
8. Vincent O’Malley – Treaty-making in Early Colonial New Zealand

Part 3: Reinterpreting the Political Management of the Economy

9. James Holt – Compulsory Arbitration in New Zealand, 1894–1901: The Evolution of an Industrial Relations’ System
10. Tom Brooking – ‘Bursting-Up’ the Greatest Estate of All: Liberal Maori Land Policy, 1891–1911

Part 4: The Gendering of History

11. Raewyn Dalziel – The Colonial Helpmeet: Women’s Role and the Vote in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
12. Barbara Brookes – Housewives’ Depression: The Debate over Abortion and Birth Control in the 1930s
13. Dean Wilson - Community and Gender in Victorian Auckland

Part 5: Social Construction

14. Miles Fairburn – Local Community or Atomized Society?: The Social Structure of Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
15. R.C.J. Stone – An Anatomy of the Practice of Law in Nineteenth-Century Auckland
16. Duncan Mackay – The Orderly Frontier: The World of the Kauri Bushmen, 1860–1925
17. Caroline Daley – Taradale Meets the Ideal Society and its Enemies

Part 6: New Zealand's Other Worlds

18. P.S. O’Connor – Keeping New Zealand White, 1908–1920
19. Ann Trotter – New Zealanders and the International Military Tribunal for the Far East

Part 7: Writing New Zealand History

20. Jock Phillips – Of Verandahs and Fish and Chips and Footie on Saturday Afternoon: Reflections on 100 Years of New Zealand Historiography
21. Erik Olssen – Where To From Here?: Reflections on the Twentieth-Century Historiography of Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
22. James Belich – Myth, Race, and Identity in New Zealand

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781877242175
ISTC: A0220120000213E7
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242175

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Read Michael King's review in New Zealand Books.