Week 5 – Blog task

Summarise:

Belich, James. “Chapter 8: Making empire?” Making Peoples: A history of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Hawai’i Press, 2001. 179-203. Print

In this chapter, James Belich describes how and why the British took sovereignty over New Zealand from the Maoris’. Broken down in 3 sections they  describe as such: British Intervention; this section focuses on the British introducing themselves to New Zealand and profitability for Britain with the taking over of New Zealand State and Treaties focuses on the Treaty’s signed along the settlers and Maori and their differences and force. Lastly Converting consent is about the British trying to obtain consent from the Maori people. All the sections shared the similarity in regards to the fact that the British remained sly, deceitful and liars in order to gain power over New Zealand and did so successfully. Dick in his lecture talked about how countries and nations are some what imaginary; that they were created in order for powerful people could own they nations and countries they found. New Zealand is a example of this; was New Zealand coming as a nation mainly a ploy to enable the British Empire to have power over the country and own the land? This is relate able to exactly what  Belich was talking about; describing the ways the British over came obstacles stopping them from gaining the power and land they so greedily wanted.

Work Cited

Belich, James. “Chapter 8: Making empire?” Making Peoples: A history of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Hawai’i Press, 2001. 179-203. Print

 

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