Hostile Shores: Catastrophic Events in Prehistoric New Zealand and Their Impact on Maori Coastal Communities
Evidence from several disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, demography, history, and the Maori oral tradition, arecombined in this analysis of the many volcanic periods that shaped New Zealand. This authoritative, groundbreaking study examines the consequences on the coastal landscape and its people, from the first Polynesian settlers until European colonizatio...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Auckland University Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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I've never struggled so hard over assigning stars in a review! The content here is top-notch, as the author is a geologist/academic who really knows his stuff. It's detailed, supported, and meticulous. But that's this book's problem--the author has a thesis he's pushing (prehistoric Maori were disturbed by repeated earthquake, volcano, and tsunami events) and in marshalling evidence and laying out the case for that thesis, he's created rather a dull book for an average Joe like me who knows some...more