Excerpt from The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period HE increasing interest in the study of New Zealand's past emphasizes the need for a history of the wars with the Maoris since the establishment of British sovereignty and of the era of pioneering settlement and adventure, which was prao tically contermius with those campaigns. Although there is in existence a considerable body of war-time literature written by participants in the conﬂicts, it is t possible to gather in any of the works on the subject a connected account of the successive outbreaks and campaigns which troubled the colony from 1845 to the beginning of 1872. Most of the printed narratives deal chieﬂy with events which came within the soldier-writers' own experi ence, and'other contributions to the story of the campaigns are scarcely written in the impartial spirit of the historian. Some of the earlier works, and even the blue-books, contain many state ments which careful inquiries and a better understanding of the Maori side of the struggle have w demolished. Most of the useful books, moreover, are out of print, and the student who Wishes to make a complete. Survey of the field of contact between pukeha and Maori is compelled to work through many volumes, pamphlets, and newspaper-hles in the public libraries. The fragmentary and scattered nature of our war-time literature therefore necessitates this endeavour to provide a standard history in convenient compass. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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