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Guns and Utu: A Short History of the Musket Wars

Guns and Utu: A Short History of the Musket Wars (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Wright, Matthew

'So they went forth, and they were given over to death by the guns.' - Rangipito, of Ngati Rahiri. In the two decades before the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand was ripped asunder by island-spanning waves of warfare, extreme violence and cannibalism. Great war parties surged the ...length of the land to avenge historic grievances, killing and burning as they went. Whole peoples were uprooted and found new homes. Despite the name given them by history, one thing we can be certain about is that these dramatic conflicts were not simply 'musket' wars. This was an age of courage, of heroism, of great character and of astonishing deeds. And they are not dead history. Twenty-first-century New Zealand has been profoundly shaped by them, not least in the location of most of the major cities. In Guns and Utu, popular historian Matthew Wright disputes the many mythologies of these wars, examining some of the whys and wherefores of this generation-long culture collision.
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ISBN 9780143565659
Published NZ 1 Jan 2011
Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Out of print

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ISBN-13 9780143565659
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
Imprint Penguin Books (NZ)
Published 1 Jan 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Wright, Matthew
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
Australasian & Pacific History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 230mm
Dewey Code 993.01
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress New Zealand - History - To 1840, Maori (New Zealand people) - Wars
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade