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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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Colonization and History in New Zealand

Colonization and History in New Zealand

(p.182) 10 Colonization and History in New Zealand
The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

James Belich

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a discussion on colonization and history in New Zealand. The central theme of colonial historiography is shown in this chapter. Re-colonization began in the 1880s, established itself fully by the 1920s, persisted strongly to the 1940s, and still has residues in the present. Since 1940, New Zealand historiography has profited from four developments: an international explosion in the scope of history; the growth of universities; great bursts of public history; and the slow and incomplete collapse of re-colonization. New Zealand historiography is strong at the top, in general history; and quite strong, in patches, at the bottom, in specialist monographs and theses; but weak in the middle — crucial to a young scholarly historiography — where major problems are pursued over substantial chunks of space and time. New Zealand historical scholarship at the end of the 20th century has substantial achievements to its credit, but it has yet to realize its full potential.

Keywords:   New Zealand, colonization, colonial historiography, re-colonization, public history, universities

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