History (228)

Egypt

ISBN: 9783848008360

Author: Regine Schultz    Publisher: h f Ullmann

Roman emperors, Arab scholars, and early travellers were already drawn to and enchanted by the fascination of the land along the Nile. The pyramids of Giza, the...


Roman emperors, Arab scholars, and early travellers were already drawn to and enchanted by the fascination of the land along the Nile. The pyramids of Giza, the temple-city of Karnak, or the Valley of the Kings with the grave of Tutankhamen even today maintain their extraordinary force of attraction.Across the centuries, the high culture of the ancient Egyptians has pertained its allure. This can certainly be attributed to their astounding architectural, artistic, and technological achievements as well as their high level of writing and literature. The unified world view of old Egypt, in which science and religion are an indissoluble unity, impresses us deeply, as well.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 540


Dimensions: 216 x 253 mm


Tags: February 2017   History   Reference   Education
$39.99
A Changing Land: Sir Donald McLean's Maraekakaho

ISBN: 9780992247607

Author: Alan Scarfe    Publisher: Fraser Books

There has never been a New Zealand book like A Changing Land before. The first two sections tell the story of the development of Hawke's Bay's 'Maraekakaho', on...


There has never been a New Zealand book like A Changing Land before. The first two sections tell the story of the development of Hawke's Bay's 'Maraekakaho', one of the country's largest and most iconic sheep and cattle stations which was established by Sir Donald McLean and, then, his son Sir Douglas McLean. Sir Donald played a prominent role in 19th century New Zealand as the government's chief land purchase commissioner and then as a cabinet minister. Sir Douglas, a major runholder by any standards, devoted much of his life to building an international reputation for Maraekakaho's sheep, cattle and horse studs. Early in the 20th century, in response to the Liberal Government's determination to 'break up' the large estates, he began selling significant parts of the run. The equally fascinating final section of A Changing Land traces how much of 'Maraekakaho' has evolved into a varied patchwork of cropping farms, vineyards, smallholdings, olive groves, alpaca farms and tree plantations over the last century. 'Maraekakaho' - then and now - has touched the lives of many hundreds of Hawke's Bay families; and the story of the McLeans' development of the great run will be of interest to all those - academics and general public - fascinated by the country's social and farming history.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 516


Tags: Biography   History   New Zealand
$55.00
The Broken Decade

ISBN: 9781927322260

Author: Malcolm McKinnon    Publisher: Otago University Press

The Depression of the 1930s was a defining period in New Zealand history. It had its own vocabulary – swaggers and sugarbags, relief work and sustenance, the ...


The Depression of the 1930s was a defining period in New Zealand history. It had its own vocabulary – swaggers and sugarbags, relief work and sustenance, the Queen Street riots and special constables – that was all too familiar to those who lived through that tumultuous decade. But one generation’s reality is another’s history. The desperate struggles experienced by many for work, food and shelter during the 1930s eventually gave way to the sunny postwar years, when the Depression was no more than an uncomfortable memory. And now, for the children of the twenty-first century, it’s just a word. While the lives of those most affected by the Depression have been admirably documented in oral histories in various forms, the political and economic context, and the manoeuvrings and responses to the unprecedented conditions have not, until now, been given the extensive analysis they deserve. The Broken Decade, Malcolm McKinnon’s detailed and absorbing history of this period, unpicks the Depression year by year. It begins by introducing the prosperous world of New Zealand in the late 1920s before focusing on the sudden onset of the Depression in 1930–31, the catastrophic months that followed and, finally, on the attempt to find a way back to that pre-Depression prosperity. Informed by exhaustive research, relevant statistics and fascinating personal accounts, and made accessible and meaningful by insightful analysis, this important book will become New Zealand’s definitive study of the 1930s Depression.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 556


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 12-09-2016


Tags: History   New Zealand
$49.95
Mother's Darlings of the South Pacific

ISBN: 9781927322635

Author: Judith A Bennett Ed.    Publisher: Otago University Press

Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mo...


Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific traces the intimate relationships that existed in the wartime Pacific between US servicemen and Indigenous women, and considers the fate of the resulting children. The American military command carefully managed such intimate relationships, applying US immigration law based on race to prevent marriage ‘across the colour line’. For Indigenous women and their American servicemen sweethearts, legal marriage was impossible, giving rise to a generation of children known as ‘GI babies’. Among these Pacific war children, one thing common to almost all is the longing to know more about their American father. Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific traces these children’s stories of loss, emotion, longing and identity, and of lives lived in the shadow of global war. It considers the way these relationships developed in the major US bases of the South Pacific Command from Bora Bora in the east across to Solomon Islands in the west, and from the Gilbert Islands in the north to New Zealand. The writers interviewed many of the children of the Americans and some of the few surviving mothers, as well as others who recalled the wartime presence in their islands. Oral histories reveal what the records of colonial governments and the military largely have ignored, providing a perspective on the effects of the US occupation that until now has been disregarded by historians of the Pacific war.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 424


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 13-06-2016


Tags: Biography   History   Military
$45.00
Acknowledge No Frontier

ISBN: 9781927322369

Author: Andre Brett    Publisher: Otago University Press

While other British settler societies – Australia, Canada, the US and South Africa – have states or provinces, New Zealand is a unitary state. Yet New Zeala...


While other British settler societies – Australia, Canada, the US and South Africa – have states or provinces, New Zealand is a unitary state. Yet New Zealanders today hold firm provincial identities, dating from the time when the young colony was divided into provinces: 1853 to 1876. Why were the provinces created? How did settlers shape and change their institutions? And why, just over 20 years later, did New Zealand abolish its provincial governments? Acknowledge No Frontier, by André Brett, is a lively and insightful investigation into a crucial and formative part of New Zealand’s history. It examines the flaws within the system and how these allowed the central government to use public works – especially railways – to gain popular support for abolition of the provinces. The provincial period has an enduring legacy. This is the surprising and counterintuitive story of how vociferous parochialism and self-interest brought New Zealanders together.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 346


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 13-06-2016


Tags: History   New Zealand
$45.00
Murder on the Maungatapu

ISBN: 9781927145746

Author: Wayne Martin    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

A narrative history of the Burgess Gang and their greatest crime In the winter of 1866 New Zealand’s most notoriousbushranger, Richard Burgess, knelt at a sma...


A narrative history of the Burgess Gang and their greatest crime In the winter of 1866 New Zealand’s most notoriousbushranger, Richard Burgess, knelt at a small desk in his Nelson prison cell, took up his quill pen and began to write. His life, he knew, was beyond salvation but words were the last weapon at his disposal to consign his mortal enemy, gang turncoat Joseph Sullivan, to the gallows. The blood-soaked confession that followed was described by Mark Twain as ‘without its peer in the literature of murder’. Five bodies had been recovered from Maungatapu Mountain in the upper South Island, and another from the West Coast. But who had done the killing,and how many other victims were there? What had brought the ruthless Burgess Gang to this point? Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, including little-known original accounts by Sullivan, ‘Murder on the Maungatapu’ tells the fascinating full story of a dark episode in this country’s history. This is a superbly written tale of blood and gold, ofbetrayal and vengeance, and it draws some startlingconclusions about New Zealand’s crime of thenineteenth century.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 150 x 225 mm


Publication Date: 24-06-2016


Tags: April 2016   History   New Zealand
$45.00
The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I (Men-at-Arms)

ISBN: 9781849085397

Author: Wayne Stack    Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Although comparatively small in number, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I (1914-1918) earned an elite reputation on the Western Front, and the ...


Although comparatively small in number, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I (1914-1918) earned an elite reputation on the Western Front, and the New Zealanders' war effort was a defining moment in their national history and sense of identity. The statistics are astonishing: of the total population of New Zealand of 1 million, no fewer than 100,000 men enlisted - that is one in every five men in the country, and of those, 18,000 men were killed and 58,000 wounded. In other words, 15 per cent of the male population of New Zealand became casualties. The NZEF was first committed at Gallipoli in 1915, NZ cavalry regiments helped defend Egypt and fought in Palestine with Allenby's famous Desert Mounted Corps; on the Western Front the Kiwis were called the 'Silent Division' for their fieldcraft and their uncomplaining professionalism. This book is both a tribute and a history of the crucial contribution made by a small nation.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 48


Tags: March 2016   History   Education   Military   New Zealand
$24.99 $14.99
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

ISBN: 9783899555677

Publisher: Gestalten

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! reveals the undeniable icons of the classic car scene. As lovers of exclusive limited series, record-making vehicles, and legenda...


Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! reveals the undeniable icons of the classic car scene. As lovers of exclusive limited series, record-making vehicles, and legendary races themselves, Jared Zaugg and the team at Bonhams went all out in their efforts to collect the best of the best in this publication—and it shows. Every page gives the reader a sense of the intensity of true automobile culture. Large-format images showcase sleek shapes and tactile vintage interiors in loving detail. The book features a selection of models that go far beyond mere technical stats and gleaming chrome. Rather, they all offer something far more valuable: compelling stories. These include the rare and uniquely configured Lamborghini Miura SV Coupe purchased by rock star Rod Stewart. Or the Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe from 1937 that, after the owner’s death, was rediscovered by his family sitting exactly as he left it nearly a half-century earlier. All the big names are included, but the focus is on what can be found behind the logos and the polished surfaces.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 300 x 270 mm


$150.00
Punk London 1977

ISBN: 9781908211446

Author: Derek Ridgers    Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture

Punk. London.1977. Most people blinked and missed it. Many spent a decade trying to catch up. Derek Ridgers stumbled across it by accident, where it was, in the...


Punk. London.1977. Most people blinked and missed it. Many spent a decade trying to catch up. Derek Ridgers stumbled across it by accident, where it was, in the beating filthy heart of the Roxy in middle of a derelict slum called Covent Garden. Stumbling through the moshpits trying to keep hold of a borrowed camera. 1977. Punk London brings you 152 pages of photography featuring the birth of the the most exciting cultural phenomenon in UK history. Currents and vibes, flows and backwash, trends and anti-trends splashing around in the cauldron of youth culture in the city of London, and the lost rebels haunting their suburban bedrooms - jumping the train uptown to get into the legendary Roxy. All converged, for one priceless moment, an outpouring of a truly original, DIY, anarchic, underground scene. Ridgers captured the first wave. Kids in the crowd, never before seen. The punks who made their own clothes because you couldn’t buy punk clothes. The punks who got beaten up time and again for making themselves into targets. Rebellion before it got easy. You won’t see these kids anywhere in the magazines. They weren’t trying to get famous. 1977 will happen again. 1977 is happening somewhere, for someone, right now.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 152


Dimensions: 197 x 284 mm


Publication Date: 30-04-2016


$49.99
DUE > 30th Jun 2016
Women In Space

ISBN: 9781613748442

Author: Karen Bush Gibson    Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Twenty-three women from 10 different countries whose careers span a half century of human spaceflight are profiled in this educational book for young readers. '...


Twenty-three women from 10 different countries whose careers span a half century of human spaceflight are profiled in this educational book for young readers. 'Women in Space' features such figures as Sally Ride, the first American woman to orbit the earth; Peggy Whitson, who logged more than a year in orbit while aboard the International Space Station; Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space; and astronauts from Japan, Canada, Italy, South Korea, and France.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 234


Dimensions: 150 x 224 mm


Publication Date: 18-01-2016


$39.99
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