Protection vs Native Title

The Treaty of Waitangi in Tasman context
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May 2021, no. 431
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Empire and the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, property and Indigenous people by Bain Attwood

Cambridge University Press, $49.95 hb, 455 pp

Protection vs Native Title

The Treaty of Waitangi in Tasman context
by
May 2021, no. 431

Bain Attwood’s Empire and the Making of Native Title is a welcome contribution to the field. Like many good historians of sovereignty and native title in Australia and New Zealand, Attwood stresses the importance of contingency and complexity in the first decades of British settlement on both sides of the Tasman Sea. His early chapters focus on the local and imperial contexts that shaped Crown approaches to Indigenous title in New South Wales, Port Phillip, and South Australia. The rest of the book provides a forensic account of the lead-up to and aftermath of the British assumption of sovereignty in New Zealand, and its shifting ramifications for legal arguments about Māori land title.

Lisa Ford reviews 'Empire and the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, property and Indigenous people' by Bain Attwood

Empire and the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, property and Indigenous people

by Bain Attwood

Cambridge University Press, $49.95 hb, 455 pp

Buy this book

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