Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Battlefields of a nation.

Then there is this. It's an old post, from 2006 by a professor of Maori Studies at Victoria which I found via Maui St. I like this post because it's one of those ones that make you stop and re-examine something that you take for granted. In this case, the battlefield that birthed our nation, Gallipoli. It's something that we've been told time and time again. Dr Keenan however, makes the case that if we became a nation on battlefields, then they were here, mostly, but not solely in the Waikato. It's a view that I have to say, I have quite a bit of sympathy for after reading Belich's New Zealand Wars and King's History of New Zealand (both excellent books well worth reading btw).

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