By Philippa Mein Smith
New Zealand was once the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled via people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is superbly narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the consequences of the country's smallness and isolation, from its past due cost via Polynesian voyagers and colonisation by way of Europeans – and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha – to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to control worldwide forces. A Concise historical past of recent Zealand locations New Zealand in its worldwide and local context. It unravels key moments – the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior – exhibiting their function as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, fiscal and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.
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Since there was apparently no transitional (‘Chalkolithic’) phase in the Peloponnese, the sharp break from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age argues diffusion of the secrets of metallurgy, possibly by immigrants, from the Near East via the Kyklades and perhaps the Troad (Branigan 1974, 97–102). At first copper, beaten and hammered, was employed on its own, then tin from Etruria, Sardinia or Spain was alloyed with it to produce implements and weapons of bronze. However, EH and its tripartite subdivision are, like the entire subdivision of the Aegean Bronze Age (Stubbings 1970, 241), based on the classification of pottery not the typology of metal artefacts.
However, despite the forbidding nature of the terrain, Perioikic communities succeeded in maintaining themselves here – a suitable reminder with which to close this chapter that man is never wholly the slave of the physical environment. Notes on further reading The outstanding though somewhat outdated contribution to our understanding of Greek geography has been made by Philippson: Kirsten 1956 includes a bibliography of his numerous works (by no means confined to Greece); for his discussion of Lakonia and Messenia see Philippson 1959, 371–523.
An appreciable number of EH sites is given up and some new ones are selected, often on and around an ‘akropolis’. The result is that, although fewer actual sites are known in MH (between twenty and thirty) than in EH, these can sometimes be described as of ‘village’ type rather than isolated farmsteads and hamlets. The concentration of sites in the Helos plain has provoked the suggestion that MH invaders entered Lakonia by sea (Hope Simpson and Waterhouse 1961, 170); but in the present state of our evidence it is perhaps prudent not to fall back too readily on the invasion hypothesis.