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The Rise and Fall of James Busby: His Majesty's British Resident in New Zealand

The Rise and Fall of James Busby: His Majesty's British Resident in New Zealand (Paperback)

By Moon, Paul

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One of the British Empire's most troubling colonial exports in the 19th-century, James Busby is known as the father of the Australian wine industry, the author of New Zealand's Declaration of Independence and a central figure in the early history of independent New Zealand as its... British Resident from 1833 to 1840. Officially the man on the ground for the British government in the volatile society of New Zealand in the 1830s, Busby endeavoured to create his own parliament and act independently of his superiors in London. This put him on a collision course with the British Government, and ultimately destroyed his career. With a reputation as an inept, conceited and increasingly embittered person, this caricature of Busby's character has slipped into the historical bloodstream where it remains to the present day. This book draws on an extensive range of previously-unused archival records to reconstruct Busby's life in much more intimate form, and exposes the back-room plotting that ultimately destroyed his plans for New Zealand. It will alter the way that Britain's colonisation of New Zealand is understood, and will leave readers with an appreciation of how individuals, more than policies, shaped the Empire and its rule.
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ISBN 9781350116658
Released AU 2 Nov 2020
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781350116658
Stock Release date is 2 November 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Released 2 Nov 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Moon, Paul
Category Australasian & Pacific History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 993.01092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Maori New Zealand people - Government relations - History - 19th century, New Zealand - Politics and government - 19th century, Colonial administrators - New Zealand, New Zealand - Politics and government - 19th century, Maori (New Zealand people) - Government relations - 19th century
NBS Text History: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education