Colonising New Zealand
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Colonising New Zealand offers a radically new vision of the basis and process of Britain’s colonisation of New Zealand. It commences by confronting the problems arising from subjective and ever-evolving moral judgments about colonisation, and examines the possibility of understanding colonisation beyond the confines of any preoccupations with moral perspectives.
It then investigates the motives behind Britain’s imperial expansion, both in a global context, and specifically in relation to New Zealand. The nature and reasons for this expansion are deciphered using the model of an organic imperial ecosystem, which involves examining the first cause of all colonisation, and which provides a means of understanding the disparate parts of the colonial system functioned in the ways that they did.
Britain’s imperial system did not bring itself into being, and so the notion of the Empire having emerged from a supra-system is assessed, which in turn leads to an exploration of the idea of equilibrium-achievement as the Prime Mover behind all colonisation – something that is borne out in New Zealand’s experience from the late-eighteenth century. This work changes profoundly the way New Zealand’s colonisation is interpreted, and provides a framework for reassessing all forms of imperialism.
Table of Contents
0. Introduction Part One: The Moral Empire 1. The Arc of Empire 2. Seeing the Empire 3. The Good with the Bad 4. Moral Evolution 5. Beyond the Moral Empire Part Two: An Imperial Supra-System 6. Contemporaneous Perceptions of the Imperial System 7. The Imperial Ecosystem 8. An Imperial Supra-System Part Three: The Imperial Equilibrium 9. The Imperial Equilibrium 10. Coda
Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology. He has a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Arts, and a Master of Philosophy, and in 2003, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London. He also holds several other international fellowships.