By M. P. K. Sorrenson
For greater than part a century, Keith Sorrenson—one of recent Zealand’s top historians and himself of combined Maori and Pakeha descent—has dived deeper than somebody into the tale of 2 peoples in New Zealand. during this new publication, Sorrenson brings jointly his significant writing from the final fifty six years right into a strong whole—covering subject matters from the origins of Maori (and Pakeha principles approximately these origins), via land purchases and the King circulation of the nineteenth century, and directly to 20th-century politics and the hot heritage of the Waitangi Tribunal. all through his occupation, Sorrenson has been desirous about the foreign context for brand new Zealand background whereas additionally trying to comprehend and clarify Maori conceptions and Pakeha rules from the interior. And he has been made up our minds to inform the true tale of Maori losses of land and their political responses as, within the face of Pakeha colonization, they turned a minority of their personal kingdom. Ko te Whenua te Utu / Land Is the Price is a strong historical past of Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand.
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But if we turn to the English text of Article 2, where that ‘tino rangatiratanga o o ratou wenua’ is expanded into the ‘full exclusive and undisturbed possession of their lands’, then we can find important precedents in North America as well as West Africa. Perhaps the most notable statements of British policy came at the end of the Seven Years’ War with France when the British were keen to conciliate their Indian allies. 14 This instruction paved the way for the Royal Proclamation of 7 October 1763 which laid down the basic policy towards Indians and their lands in the territories ceded by France and Spain, and also for Britain’s other North American colonies and much of their hinterland.
79 It is evident that the exponents of comparative mythology knew no bounds. Others who worked this rich vein could be quoted, but it will be sufficient to rely finally on J. Macmillan Brown, the former professor of English at 34 Ko te Whenua te utu Canterbury University College, who lent erudition and academic respectability to the quest for the Aryan Maori. Brown had more strings to his bow than comparative mythology but he found in this useful corroborative evidence for other theories. He too explored solar mythology and found that many of the Maori heroes and demigods resembled those of the Aryans, and in particular their Vedic system; but he was not content to remain in India.
Sovereignty over the North American continent was not acquired by European states by treaties of cession with the Indians. The Europeans gained sovereignty by right of discovery, followed up by occupation, and by treaties between themselves at the conclusion of wars. Notable cases are the transfer of the French territories, including French Canada and Nova Scotia, to Britain at the first Treaty of Paris Treaties in British Colonial Policy 45 in 1763, after the Seven Years’ War; and the transfer of sovereignty over the rebellious American colonies at a second Treaty of Paris in 1783, after the War of Independence.