Paradise Reforged: A History of the New Zealanders From the 1880s to the Year 2000

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ISBN-13: 9780824825423
Published: February 2002

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606 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Paradise Reforged picks up where Making Peoples left off, taking the story of the New Zealanders from the 1880s to the end of the twentieth century. It begins with the search for “Better Britain” and ends by analyzing the modern Maori resurgence, the new Pakeha consciousness, and the implications of a reinterpreted past for New Zealand's future. Along the way the book deals with subjects ranging from sport and sex to childhood and popular culture.

    Critics hailed Making Peoples as “brilliant” and “the most ambitious book yet written on [New Zealand's] past.” Paradise Reforged, its successor, adopts a similarly incisive, original sweep across the New Zealand historical landscape in confronting the myths of the past. That some of its themes are uncomfortably close to the present makes the result all the more fascinating.

  • About the Author(s)
    • James Belich, Author