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Contemporary New Zealand is being shaped by the Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840 by over five hundred Maori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown. Few subjects in recent years have created as much debate as this document.
An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi begins before the signing, and tells the story of the Treaty to the present day. The history is one of two peoples meeting, of encounters and negotiations, agreements made and broken, laws, claims and protests, as Maori and Pakeha seek ways of living together in New Zealand.
Claudia Orange is an acknowledged authority on the Treaty of Waitangi, who brings to this book years of research. The history is clear and informative; the recent decades are summarised with a crisp analysis. Photographs, maps, drawings and paintings bring the story to life, and lists of Treaty signatories provide essential detail.
This book follows Claudia Orange's award-winning Treaty of Waitangi (1987) - a comprehensive study that helped to shift public perceptions of the Treaty in the late twentieth century. The changes of the last two decades have led to this new publication, which offers fresh understanding of a history that continues to make a powerful impact on the present.
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Claudia Orange is the Director of History and Pacific Cultures at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
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Book Description Bridget Williams Books, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1877242160