Reed Illustrated History of New Zealand
Noted historian Matthew Wright extends his award-winning interpretation of our colonial past in this popular and accessible account of New Zealand's life and times since around 1800. Why do we want to own our quarter-acre slice of paradise? Where did our ideals of equality come from? And why has the 'cultural cringe' taken so long to overcome? Matthew Wright tells us why in his lively, accessible narrative that recounts our headlong journey through peace, war, suffrage, beer and ultimately cafes up to late twentieth century. His text is complemented by more than 600 images from the collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library, painting the essential picture of our past over the past hundred and fifty years. These images bring to reality the people, the places and the themes that have made New Zealand what it is today. This is a book to read, to dip into, to browse, and to enjoy - a celebration of the strength and diversity of New Zealand's remarkable history.
- Hardback | 500 pages
- 215.9 x 287.02 x 43.18mm | 1,791.68g
- 11 Oct 2004
- Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd
- Auckland, New Zealand
- 600 b&w photos
About Matthew Wright
Matthew Wright is a Wellington-based historian who specialises in New Zealand social and military history, and has also written extensively on topics from land claims to engineering. He has published over 10 books with Reed, including military histories that are recognised for the integrity of the information as well as the wide-ranging photographic record provided. Mattthew's most recent book is the Reed Illustrated History of New Zealand.