An account focusing on the encounters between the Maori and Pakeha--or European settlers--and the process of mutual discovery from 1642 to around 1840, this New Zealand history book argues that both groups inhabited a middle ground in which neither could dictate the political, economic, or cultural rules of engagement. By looking at economic, religious, political, and sexual encounters, it offers a strikingly different picture to traditional accounts of imperial Pakeha power over a static, resistant Maori society. With fresh insights, this book examines why mostly beneficial interactions between these two cultures began to merge and the reasons for their subsequent demise after 1840.
- ISBN: 9781869405946
- Page: 320
- Format: Paperback
- Dimensions: 147mm x 226mm x 23mm | 454g