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New Zealand as it might have been

Author: Stephen I Levine
Publisher: Wellington [N.Z.] : Victoria University Press, 2006.
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"These are the fifteen burning questions asked and answered in this ..... new book. At times playful, and at other times serious, this book is an exercise in disciplined creativity, as leading historians and political scientists re-examine key events and decisions in New Zealand's history, sensitive to possibilities that were plausible at the time, circumstances that with only a modest degree of adjustment could  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Counterfactual histories
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen I Levine
ISBN: 9780864735454 0864735456
OCLC Number: 123476970
Notes: "This book is an exercise in disciplined creativity, as leading historians and political scientists re-examine key events and decisions in New Zealand's history"--Back cover.
Description: 288 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Stephen Levine --
Beginnings. 1. What if the Treaty of Waitangi had not been signed on 6 February 1840? / Giselle Byrnes. 2. What if Maori had not been made British subjects in 1840? / Janine Hayward. 3. What if Nelson had been made the capital of New Zealand? / Stephen Levine. 4. What if New Zealand had joined Australia in 1901? / Kathryn M. Hunter --
War and development. 5. What if the strikers at Waihi had triumphed? / Erik Olssen. 6. What if New Zealand soldiers had never fought at Gallipoli? / Donald Anderson. 7. What if New Zealand had not gone to war in 1939? / Denis McLean. 8. What if Japan had invaded New Zealand? / Ian McGibbon. 9. What if the Manapouri power project had never been constructed? / Aaron Fox --
Elections and politics. 10. What if Muldoon's 'think big' energy projects had never been constructed? / John Wilson. 11. What if Brian Talboys had said 'yes' to the plotters in 1980? / Colin James. 12. What if the All Blacks had not won the final rugby test against the Springboks in 1981? / Bob Gregory. 13. What if the fourth Labour government had allowed a visit by the USS Buchanan? / John Henderson. 14. What if Ruth Richardson had never delivered the 'mother of all budgets'? / Jon Johansson. 15. What if Winston Peters had chosen to go with Labour in 1996? / Nigel S. Roberts --
Epilogue / Stephen Levine.
Responsibility: edited by Stephen Levine.

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"These are the fifteen burning questions asked and answered in this ..... new book. At times playful, and at other times serious, this book is an exercise in disciplined creativity, as leading historians and political scientists re-examine key events and decisions in New Zealand's history, sensitive to possibilities that were plausible at the time, circumstances that with only a modest degree of adjustment could well have taken an entirely different turn.."-- Back cover.

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