History, heritage, and colonialism

Historical consciousness, Britishness, and cultural identity in New Zealand, 1870–1940

By Kynan Gentry

History, heritage, and colonialism


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8921-3
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2015
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Humanities / Australasian & Pacific history, History, Australasian & Pacific history, Australasia, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


History, heritage, and colonialism explores the politics of history-making and interest in preserving the material remnants of the past in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century colonial society, looking at both indigenous pasts and those of European origin.

Focusing on New Zealand, but also covering the Australian and Canadian experiences, it explores how different groups and political interests have sought to harness historical narrative in support of competing visions of identity and memory. Considering this within the frames of the local and national as well as of empire, the book offers a valuable critique of the study of colonial identity-making and cultures of colonisation.

This book offers important insights for societies negotiating the legacy of a colonial past in a global present, and will be of particular value to all those concerned with museum, heritage, and tourism studies, as well as imperial history.


1 Entangled objects: tourism and the exhibition of Maori material culture
2 Throwing stones at Napoleon: Pakeha identity and the preservation and neglect of Maori material culture
3 The art of forgetting: history, myth and the New Zealand Wars
4 When did parochialism become a dirty word?
5 'New Zealand is putting her historical house in order'
6 New Zealand in context: history and heritage in late nineteenth-century Canada and Australia


Kynan Gentry is a Lecturer in History at the Australian National University

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